Knowshon Moreno

The photographer took this picture of Knowshon Moreno on October 9, 2011.

Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno has been charged with driving while drunk, careless driving, and failing to have insurance, after being pulled over in south Denver, and is scheduled to be arraigned on March 2. According to an Associated Press article in USA TODAY, Denver police Lt. Matthew Murray confirmed that Moreno was pulled over on southbound interstate 25 at around 1:30 a.m. on February 1 after he allegedly drove at 70 miles per hour in a construction zone where the speed limit was 45 m.p.h.

Lindsay H. Jones reports in The Denver Post that police gave the 24-year-old Moreno a breath test and a field sobriety test, and took him to a detox facility. Various reports note that Moreno was driving a 2007 silver Bentley convertible at the time he was pulled over, with a vanity license plate reading “SAUCED.”

On The Washington Post blog PostSports, Matt Brooks writes:

Drinking and driving is always a bad idea.

Drinking and driving in a sparkly silver Bentley convertible with a license plate that reads ‘SAUCED’ is a terrible idea.

The Broncos said in a statement, ”We take the incident involving Knowshon Moreno very seriously and are thoroughly reviewing this matter. Our organization will continue to gather information and closely monitor this issue while the legal process runs its course.”

The Washington Post notes that Moreno was ousted by Willis McGahee after entering the season as Denver’s starting tailback. He then had knee surgery to repair an injury he suffered during a Kansas City game on November 13, and missed the rest of the season. He is under contract with the Broncos for two more years.

As Michael Roberts writes in Denver Westword Blogs, you can see the summons issued to Moreno here.

Image by Jeffrey Beall, used under its Creative Commons license.