Stabler found not guilty on drunk driving charges

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (AP) - Former Alabama and NFL quarterback Ken Stabler has been found not guilty of drunken driving charges in south Alabama.

Stabler was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after being stopped shortly after midnight June 8 on Alabama 59 in Robertsdale.

After more than three hours of testimony, acting Municipal Judge James Sweet issued his verdict.

He said he did not think the arresting officer and the prosecutor had met its burden of proof.

Officer Tyler Kane said he was by the side of the road making another stop when Stabler's vehicle passed within a few feet of him.

He said he stopped Stabler and found the formre quarterback's speech was slurred and that there was an odor of alcohol in the vehicle.

He said Stabler refused to take a breath test.

Sweet ruled that police did not observe Stabler for the entire time before the defendant was asked to take the test and would not allow the refusal to be entered as evidence.

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