LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada State Police Highway Patrol troopers cited Las Vegas Raider Nate Hobbs for driving 110 mph on the 215 Beltway less than two weeks after he was arrested on suspicion of DUI, the 8 News Now I-Team has learned.
The traffic stop occurred on the highway near South Decatur Boulevard around 11:45 a.m. Sunday, the I-Team first reported Friday afternoon.
A patrol trooper issued Hobbs, a cornerback, a citation, but he was not arrested on the reckless driving charge, a spokesperson for the department confirmed.
The officer noted Hobbs was driving at 110 mph in a 65-mph zone, a person with knowledge of the incident told the I-Team. Hobbs car was towed away.
“We understand that a traffic citation was issued to Mr. Hobbs and we will address it in the court system,” attorneys for Hobbs, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, said in a statement to 8 News Now.
On Jan. 3, police said the 22-year-old failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the Clark County Detention Center on a misdemeanor DUI charge when an officer found him asleep behind the wheel of his Mercedes SUV on a parking garage exit ramp.
An officer noted he could smell a “slight odor” of an unknown alcoholic beverage coming from Hobbs.
“Hobbs admitted that he was just tired and that is the reason he fell asleep behind the wheel in the parking garage,” an officer noted in the arrest report.
Hobbs played in the Raiders game the following weekend.
Chesnoff and Schonfeld sent the I-Team this statement at the time, saying, “The facts and circumstances related by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to the news media leave serious concerns that this does not qualify as a DUI under Nevada law.”
While Metro police arrested Hobbs on suspicion of DUI, court records indicate Hobbs has not been charged with DUI, but faces a lesser charge of failure to decrease speed or use due care under certain circumstances.
ESPN named Hobbs as an honorable mention for its top rookies of the season.
In an unrelated case in November, former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III is accused of driving 156 mph before a crash that killed a woman and her dog.
Ruggs faces charges of driving under the influence causing death and substantial bodily injury and two counts of reckless driving. The Raiders released Ruggs shortly after the crash.
The Raiders also released cornerback Damon Arnette last year after he waived a gun in a video, following a high-speed crash near the Raiders practice facility.
Hobbs is due to appear in court in April on the reckless driving citation. The I-Team reached out to the Raiders for comment and did not receive a response.