Former Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams was arrested for driving under the influence on Friday, the deputy chief of police of the Florida State police department, Jim Russell, confirmed to SI.com.
Williams, a prospect for the upcoming NFL draft, was arrested in Leon County, Fla. The arresting officer said he pulled Williams over around 3 a.m. on Friday after he made an illegal left turn. He said Williams refused to perform field sobriety exercises but observed that Williams had "red, watery eyes" and could detect a "strong odor" of alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle.
A records check by the officer showed that Williams was driving with a suspended license. The cornerback was taken to Leon County Jail and issued a DUI citation and a moving citation.
Prior to his arrest, the 21-year-old had been projected by some as going as early in the first-round of the 2015 NFL draft.
The Detroit Lions recently hosted Williams for a visit and he reportedly was scheduled to meet with the Baltimore Ravens before the draft as well. The cornerback had 74 tackles and one interception as a junior for FSU in 2014.
In November, The New York Times reported that Williams and Seminoles defensive back Ronald Darby were involved in a hit-and-run that was mishandled by the Tallahassee police. Williams was the driver in a collision with another vehicle while his license was already suspended.
The 2015 NFL draft begins on April 30 and will be held in Chicago.
- Molly Geary