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Seahawks Back Up Quarterback Charged With DUI

Seahawks back up Josh Portis
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Josh Portis was stopped on I-90 by a Washington State Trooper on May 5. He faces arraignment on May 28.

The Seattle PI reported Monday:

About 9: 30 p.m. that day, a Washington State Patrol trooper pulled over Portis on the express lanes of the Interstate 90 floating bridge after clocking the Range Roger he was driving at 80 mph as it left the Mount Baker Tunnel eastbound, in a 60-mph zone, according to a police report.

When the trooper stepped up to Portis’ window, according to the report, there was “a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle” and Portis had “watery bloodshot eyes.”

Portis said he hadn’t been drinking, but the trooper asked him to step out of the car. A person in the passenger’s seat “stated Portis was a Seahawk player, and he did not have to get out of the car,” the trooper wrote in the incident report.

After the trooper’s third request, Portis stepped out of the car and agreed to a field sobriety test but not to a breath test. Portis allegedly said he did not have anything to drink, and was on his way home from Seattle.

“Portis asked me if I knew who he was and I stated yes,” the trooper wrote in the report. “(The passenger) exited the vehicle and began to cry. (The passenger) stated I was arresting a Seahawk, and I was going to ruin him. … (The passenger) shouted at me and stated (they) couldn’t believe that I was from Seattle, and was arresting a Seahawk.”

 

Portis was charged with a misdemeanor in the incident. He is expected to compete with Brady Quinn and Jerrod Johnson to back up Seahawks starter Russell Wilson.

Read the entire Seattle PI story here.

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