Oakland Raiders’ Jacoby Ford (STAFF FILE)
Oakland Raiders' Jacoby Ford (STAFF FILE)

OAKLAND -- Prosecutors have decided not to file any charges against Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated last month, officials said Wednesday.

Ford, 25, was arrested March 14 at 5th and Union streets in Oakland after California Highway Patrol officers pulled him over for having tinted windows so dark officers could not see inside the driver's window of his black Mercedes CL-63, CHP Officer Sam Morgan said.

Officers originally spotted Ford driving eastbound off the Bay Bridge decline and followed him as he transitioned onto southbound Interstate 880, Morgan said. As officers paced him, they discovered that he was driving 75 mph in the 55 mph zone.

Ford pulled off the interstate onto Oakland city streets as officers performed the traffic stop. When he opened his window, officers noticed the smell of alcohol coming from his car and his breath, Morgan said.

Officers asked him to step out of the car and perform a series of field sobriety tests, which led officers to believe he was intoxicated, Morgan said.

Ford was arrested on DUI charges and taken to North County Jail, where he was booked and released within hours, Morgan said. He was alone in the car at the time of his arrest.

Morgan declined to provide Ford's blood alcohol content, saying that detail was not part of Ford's public record.


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The California Highway Patrol submitted the charges to the Alameda County District Attorney's office, and after reviewing the case, prosecutors announced their decision nearly one month later.

"The District Attorney's office has declined to file charges against Jacoby Ford," said Teresa Drenick, Alameda County District Attorney spokeswoman.

A spokesman for the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night said little about the arrest and dismissal of charges.

"The Raiders organization is aware of the situation involving Jacoby Ford and takes matters such as this very seriously," he stated.

Ford, a Florida native who was drafted by the Raiders in 2010, posted a tweet to his Twitter account March 20 that read, "Never been tested like this before in my life but I guess it will all sort itself out in the end!"

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