Updated: May 9
Chris Rodriguez Jr. was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. According to public record, the star running back was pulled over for a mechanical failure in his tail lights. He was cited for careless driving, no taillights and driving under the influence. However, the booking report indicates that he refused the breathalyzer, which results in an automatic DUI charge in the state of Kentucky. A breathalyzer refusal also invokes a mandatory license suspension and possible jail time, if found guilty.
Rodriguez finished his 2021 campaign with the second most rushing yards in the SEC (1,379) and 9 touchdowns. Rodriguez started in all 13 games and is expected to be a centerpiece around the 2022 Cats’ offense.
While the University of Kentucky has yet to release an official statement on Rodriguez, this is not the first instance the Football Cats have had issues with members getting charged with DUI. In March, receiver Rahsaan Lewis was arrested on DUI charges and driving 65 MPH in a 35 MPH zone.