Titans assistant arrested, charged with DUI

Monday, September 17, 2007 at 5:02pm

Tennessee Titans defensive backs coach Chuck Cecil was arrested Saturday night and charged with DUI, according to a Metro Nashville Police Report.

Cecil, 42, was stopped for going 42 in a 30 MPH zone on 21st Ave. near I-440.

According to officer James Thomas Cole, he “noticed a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and his eyes were red and watery,” the report states.

Cecil refused a breathalyzer test and was “unsteady on his feet,” according to the report, which also stated that “Mr. Cecil swayed off balance during the instruction phase of the Walk and Turn task. He missed touching heel to toe and swayed off balance on steps three, five and seven.” The report also indicated that Cecil “lost his footing” as he attempted this exercise.

Cecil, a former player for the Cardinals, Packers and Oilers, has been with the organization as a coach for seven seasons. He is in his first season as defensive backs coach after coaching the team’s safeties and being the defensive quality control coach before that.

“We have been informed of the situation regarding Chuck Cecil and the NFL has been notified under the personal conduct policy,” the Titans said ind in a statement. “As an organization, we will see what facts arise and any discipline that results will be handled internally. Chuck has made us aware that his counsel has advised him not to comment publicly on the pending case.”

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By: exportlaw on 12/31/69 at 6:00

First, never take the cop's word on a DUI. The arresting officer's report is the same script they read from any time they want to stop and/or arrest someone. Ethanol alcohol is actually odorless and tasteless and no one can smell the alcohol per se. Second, many people have blood-shot eyes from allergies, exposure to the sun, colds, or many things other than alcohol. The field sobriety test was developed under a federal grant, but the inventor reserved the rights to the test data so its never been subject to rigorous peer review. Don't believe the "results": Its just a self-serving deception.

By: NashvilleVoice on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Exportlaw????? What the hell have you been smoking?????You are going to try and tell me you CAN'T smell when someone has been drinking? Depending on the booze of choice...YES, you can.

By: NashvilleVoice on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Nice discipline....Coach. The night before our most important home again and you are out boozing it up.His wife is writing a weekly sports column in The Tennessean. Wonder whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy they didn't have this story????

By: Muzhik on 12/31/69 at 6:00

In the good old days Jocks and coaches would get a free ride.

By: exportlaw on 12/31/69 at 6:00

NV: You may be able to smell the other substances but you can't smell the alcohol, because alcohol has no smell. The breath of someone who has been drinking non-alcoholic beer or wine smells exactly the same as someone who has been drinking the normal variety. 196 proof PGA is far more intoxicating but has virtually no smell.The breathalyzer tests are easily manipulated by experienced officers. And of course, actual blood tests are performed by the TBI, which destroys the samples within 60 days, which is usually just days after they actually process them, unless you get an court order, and by then they've had plenty of time to tamper with them. Anyone who believes the TBI lab results probably believes in the tooth fairy. There are 10,000 dui arrests for every DUI fatality, i.e., the vast majority of "offenders" don't hurt any body. The vast majority of dui deaths are by those with BACs far, far in excess of the legal limit of 0.08. Most dui arrests that do not involve an actual accident are for revenue collection purposes, not public safety.

By: mamtou on 12/31/69 at 6:00

exportlaw is a lawyer if not he should be. I'd want him on my side if I had a DUI but then I'd be an idiot like all the other idiots who drink and drive, so I'll save my money for better things!