On April 21, an NFL football player and Newport News native was found guilty of driving under the influence early one morning in March.
Newport News General District Court Judge Richard C. Kerns gave 30-year-old David T. Macklin, a former Kansas City Chief and current free agent, a six-month suspended jail term, a $250 fine, and a restricted driver’s license allowing only for him to drive to work.
Macklin played for Menchville High School and Penn State University before entering the pros nine years ago.
Macklin was cut from KC’s roster on March 18, five days after his DUI arrest.
On March 13, police pulled Macklin over shortly after 3 a.m. because of the dark window tint on his 2005 BMW, according to court records.
However, according to Virginia State Police Trooper J.R. Street, he detected a “strong odor” of alcohol and Macklin performed poorly on field sobriety tests.
Macklin was given a breath test, in which his blood-alcohol content measured 0.11, more than the legal limit of 0.08.
Police say Macklin, the only occupant of the vehicle, fully cooperated.
Macklin was charged with first-time DUI, a misdemeanor, and having illegal tint on his windows. Kerns acquitted him of the charge for his window tint.
Macklin’s attorney says that he plans to file an appeal of the DUI conviction to Newport News Circuit Court.