Charles Rogers, former receiver for the Detroit Lions, has been arrested on a charge of driving under the influence.


On September 16, the 28-year-old former football star was arrested after refusing a Breathalyzer test, according to police. The results of a blood test are pending.


The day after his arrest, Rogers was arraigned on charges of operating while intoxicated and operating without a valid license. He was ordered held on $50,000 and had no attorney on record with the court. A partial conference is scheduled for September 21.


Both of the charges are misdemeanors and carry a penalty of up to 93 days in prison and/or a $500 fine each.


Rogers, who was chosen second overall in the 2003 NFL draft, served a 30-day prison sentence, with credit for 15 days, earlier this year rather than staying in an intensive counseling program after violating probation in a domestic violence case.


Authorities say that on the day of his arrest, he was discovered “non-responsive behind the wheel” of a 2003 Mercedes that was still running and still in gear in a left-turn lane.


The police report said that Rogers refused to respond to requests to open the vehicle’s locked doors, requiring fire officials to gain entry through the vehicle’s sunroof.


Rogers has struggled with sobriety in recent years. During the summer, he was interviewed by ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” and spoke of getting clean and turning his life around.

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