More details about Jack Swagger’s February 19, 2013 arrest emerged at Tuesday’s DUI trial in Gulfport Municipal Court in Gulfport, MS on Tuesday. Below are the highlights of the arrest:
Swagger did not testify but admitted at the scene he smoked marijuana prior to leaving the Coast Coliseum in Biloxi where WWE taped Smackdown.
“I know I (expletive)-ed up,” Swagger told the arresting officer. “I apologize, man.”
DUI officer Louis Garcia testified that Swagger handed him his credit card when he asked for his driver’s license. Garcia smelled burned marijuana and observed Swagger’s speech was slow and his eyes bloodshot and watery. He was cooperative but nervous and talkative.
Swagger failed a field sobriety test where he was asked to “walk and turn” while counting and a one-leg stand, also while counting.
“It was probably by far one of the worst I’ve ever seen as a DUI officer for under the influence of marijuana,” Garcia said.
Swagger’s defense argued blood was not drawn for a toxicology test, the only way to confirm if THC was in his system.
The officer said Swagger had already admitted to smoking marijuana and he wasn’t going to put him through any more embarrassment.
After finding Swagger guilty, Judge Felicia Dunn-Burkes suspended a two-day jail sentence for six months of good behavior, but fined him $1,000 plus $300 in court costs for the DUI conviction. He was also fined $198 for speeding and ordered to attend an alcohol-safety education class and a victim-impact class. He can get his driver’s license back in 90 days if he completes the classes, instead of a year.
Swagger’s attorney plans to file an appeal in county court.
Robin Fitzgerald covered the story throughout the day and has more here at SunHerald.com.