Spencer is lucky to be alive and lucky he didn't hurt anyone else. From Mike Florio at NBC's Pro Football Talk:
Last night, a report emerged that Packers tight end Spencer Havner has been arrested for DUI. His agents responded by strongly denying that Havner has been "charged criminally."
As it turns out, both are right.
Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Havner has been arrested, and that the prosecutor will have to decide whether to pursue charges.'
Mark J. Miller from Yahoo! Sports reported that it is "unclear" whether Havner will get "fully charged with driving under the influence (or riding without a helmet)" but his report paints a very scary and reckless picture:
The only reason cops noticed Havner, apparently, was because he lost control of his motorcycle and got thrown off of it. Someone else took him to the hospital and there the highway patrol checked him out to see if he was under the influence of anything.
"There was a smell of alcohol, he was babbling somewhat and the on-site investigating officer determined that he was under the influence of alcohol," said Grass Valley California Highway Patrol spokesman Eric Wagner to the Sacramento Bee. "The subject couldn't remember what happened or falling off."
The 27-year-old apparently broke a shoulder blade had lacerations to his face and left arm in the fall, but he may suffer also in the pocketbook. Even if he doesn't get charged, Havner may have a fine and/or suspension coming from the league.
This is awful news. While we can all breathe a sigh of relief that Havner is alive and he didn't harm anyone else's life, this was an extremely irresponsible and reckless decision on his part. While he was at school Havner never got in trouble and we have never heard of him doing stupid things off the field. That doesn't make up for his unacceptable actions. Hope he is held accountable for this and he can use it to learn an important for rest of his life.