Jon Sandusky, a Cleveland Browns executive and the son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, refused to take a blood test when he was arrested Tuesday in North Dakota on suspicion of drunk driving, according to an Associated Press report published on USA TODAY. He was otherwise cooperative, AP writes.
The 36-year-old Sandusky, is in his fourth season as Cleveland’s director of player personnel, and before that spent nine seasons with Philadelphia’s personnel department, AP writes. His father, who is 69, is serving 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys in a 15-year period, AP writes.
A Cass County Jail employee confirmed to AP on Tuesday night that Jon Sandusky had been booked and was later released. Cindy Boren writes for The Washington Post blog The Early Lead that Fargo, N.D., police pulled him over at around 1:50 a.m. Tuesday for making an illegal turn, according to Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel.
AP writes that Sandusky allegedly crossed over three lanes of traffic to make the turn, and notes that under North Dakota law, “anyone who refuses to take a chemical test is considered guilty of drunken driving.” Officers arrested Sandusky after administering field sobriety tests. He told police he was coming from “just down the road,” Vettel said.
Mike Florio writes on NBC Sports that if and when Sandusky is convicted of or pleads guilty to DUI, his team or the league will discipline him. For example, Florio writes, former Browns General Manager and current Broncos director of pro personnel Tom Heckert received a one-month suspension after a DUI incident. And, he adds, Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell was suspended for two months after an unrelated DUI arrest. “We’re aware of the situation and currently working to gather facts,” the Browns said on Tuesday, after the arrest.
In a comment to the NBC Sports post, someone with the screen name “EJ” writes:
If denying to test is a guilty pledge and you know you are already guilty, then why not just comply and give the sample? No matter if the test reads super high or average you will still receive the same sentence, so why not make things go smoother and hope that the judge shows leniency for being complacent? Refusing anything the law abides you to do is just going to piss off those over your case.
You want to save yourself some heartache and possibly your or another’s life? Don’t drink and drive! Those who do drink and drive have no respect for human life, whatsoever, and should be prosecuted to no end. Drinking and driving is no accident, therefore the punishment should be extremely stiff. Loss of license for life and an automatic 2 years in prison. Then maybe we won’t see as much of this crap, people will think twice before climbing behind the wheel. Those who have lost a loved one over someone else’s stupidity know the best. Its just not worth it.