Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno was arrested last week in Denver on a drunken driving charge. The Broncos issued a statement Monday acknowledging the arrest of the 2009 first-round draft pick.
“We take the incident involving Knowshon Moreno very seriously and are thoroughly reviewing this matter,” the team’s statement said. “Our organization will continue to gather information and closely monitor this issue while the legal process runs its course.”
Moreno, 24, was pulled over Feb. 1 while driving a Bentley at about 70 mph on Interstate 25 near Quincy Avenue and Union Avenue, according to a report by Denver television station KDVR-31. The posted speed limit in the area usually is 65 mph but is currently posted at 45 mph because it’s a construction zone.
Police gave Moreno a breath test and a field sobriety test and took the former Georgia star to a detox facility. He was charged with DUI, failing to have insurance and careless driving. He is scheduled to be arraigned March 2, court records state.
The personalized license plate on the car Moreno was driving read “SAUCED,” according to KDVR-31.
Moreno is recovering from surgery to repair a knee injury he suffered in a Nov. 13 game at Kansas City. Moreno lost his starting job at tailback earlier in the season to Willis McGahee, who ended up rushing for 1,199 yards in his first season with the Broncos.
Moreno, the 12th pick of the 2009 draft, is under contract for the 2012 season, the fourth year of his five-year rookie contract.
Source: The Denver Post, “Denver Broncos’ Knowshon Moreno hit with DUI charge,” Lindsay Jones, February 7, 2012.