Former NFL quarterback McNabb arrested

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by The Associated Press and azfamily.com

Video report by Kristine Harrington

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 21 at 12:20 PM

MESA, Ariz. -- Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb has been released from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year.

Records released by West Mesa Justice Court show the 37-year-old McNabb served his time Wednesday and was released Thursday morning. He was at the Lower Buckeye Jail in Phoenix.

McNabb was arrested Dec. 15 on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. He was pulled over after going 81 mph in a 65-mph zone on the Loop 101 near McDowell Road, according to court records.

He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI on March 27, and nine days of his sentence were suspended in exchange for his participation in a treatment program. He paid nearly $1,500 in fines.

"I have had other high-profile athletes who have been incarcerated with no problems and this latest athlete follows that same pattern," Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.

McNabb's lawyer Stephen Benedetto didn't immediately return a call Thursday seeking comment.

McNabb did not discuss the matter on his live NBC Sports radio show Thursday and the organization declined to comment. He left the Tempe station an hour early and drove past the 3TV camera without commenting.

McNabb played 13 years in the NFL after being drafted with the second overall pick in 1999.

He led the Philadelphia Eagles to four straight NFC championship games from 2001 to 2004 and one Super Bowl berth before retiring after the 2011 season.

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Ex-quarterback McNabb spends day in Arizona jail

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was released Thursday from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year.

Records released by West Mesa Justice Court show McNabb served his time Wednesday and was released Thursday morning.

McNabb, 37, was arrested Dec. 15 on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community east of Phoenix, according to court records.

A copy of the citation shows McNabb was stopped on the Loop 101 freeway just after 3 a.m. and radar clocked his Range Rover at 81 mph in a 65-mph zone. He also was cited for DUI, but no information about blood-alcohol level was on the citation.

McNabb pleaded guilty on March 27 and nine days of his sentence was suspended.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office released McNabb's mug shot Thursday morning, starting a media frenzy about his arrest, which hadn't been previously reported.

The agency later said in a statement that McNabb was booked into a detention facility on Wednesday by order of the West Mesa Justice Court and released after serving one day for a misdemeanor DUI charge.

McNabb's Phoenix-based attorney Stephen Benedetto didn't immediately return a call Thursday seeking comment on the case.

McNabb played 13 years in the NFL after being drafted with the second overall pick in 1999.

He led the Philadelphia Eagles to four straight NFC championship games from 2001 to 2004 and one Super Bowl berth that ended in a 24-21 loss to the New England Patriots in 2005.

McNabb played for the Washington Redskins in 2010 and Minnesota Vikings in 2011 before retiring. He currently co-hosts a sports talk radio show and has a home in the Phoenix area.

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