NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) - Prosecutors seeking a DUI conviction against Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair received a setback Thursday when a judge ruled the arresting officer didn't have "sufficient basis" to pull him over.
Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Cheryl Blackburn granted McNair's request to suppress all evidence relating to the May 2003 stop, saying officer Shawn Taylor's observations did not provide "specific and articulable facts that (the) defendant was driving under the influence."
"The court does not condone any defendant driving a vehicle with a (blood alcohol content) of .18 percent, but this court is compelled to follow constitutional standards and there was not a sufficient basis to justify stopping (the) defendant," Blackburn wrote.
McNair also faces a weapons possession charge for the 9 mm handgun Taylor found in his vehicle. While he had a permit for the gun, state law forbids an intoxicated person from carrying a loaded weapon.
So the charges haven't been dropped officially, but they will be. Kind of a shame a guy can get caught at over twice the legal limit and get off completely.