Free Agent RB Faces Drunk Driving Charge

Colts running back Dominic Rhodes, who boosted his free agent stock with strong playoff and Super Bowl appearances, may have lost some potential suitors after being charged with DUI early Tuesday morning.

Indianapolis Colts running back Dominic Rhodes was arrested around 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning after his vehicle was allegedly clocked at 81 mph in a 55 mph zone on Interstate 65.

According to a report in the Associated Press, an Indiana State Police spokesman said that after pulling Rhodes' speeding vehicle over, the event turned into a "run-of-the-mill drunk driving arrest."

Indianapolis television station WTHR reported that Rhodes was taken to the Marion County arrestee processing center Tuesday morning.

After spending six years with the Colts, Rhodes is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 2nd, free to cut a deal with any NFL team. Following a strong postseason performance, he was expected to draw strong interest from other teams in need of some veteran talent at the running back position.

But in conjunction with previous legal problems regarding a 2002 incident in which Rhodes was charged with domestic battery, this latest arrest could place doubt in the minds of some teams who had planned to pursue him in a few weeks. Rhodes agreed to undergo mental health counseling as part of an agreement from the 2002 incident where he allegedly hit and shoved Latrina Moore, the mother of his child who was living with him at the time during a dispute over other women calling him at their home.

During the postseason, the 28-year old running back rushed for 302 yards and a touchdown while averaging a team-leading 4.9 yards per carry. He also caught seven passes for 70 yards, but most importantly became the back the Colts relied on to keep moving the chains in the fourth quarter, eating up the clock to close out their victories.

During his six years with the Colts, Rhodes has a 4.1 yards per carry average, 2,274 total rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. He's also caught 90 passes for 649 and a touchdown. Rhodes has 27 career starts under his belt during 71 game appearances.


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