Hines Ward arrested on suspicion of DUI in Georgia


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Hines Ward is facing a DUI charge after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving early Saturday morning in Georgia, according to sheriff’s officials there.

The Steelers star turned “Dancing With the Stars” champ was booked at 3:41 a.m. at DeKalb County Jail near Atlanta and later released on $1,300 bond (though according to the sheriff’s website it was $1,000).


Ward, 35, is a former Super Bowl MVP -- he has two Super Bowl rings -- and four-time Pro Bowl selection. He started his career in 1998 when he was drafted in the third round out of Georgia.

In May, Ward was held at gunpoint by police in Los Angeles in what turned out to be a mix-up over whether the car he was riding in was a stolen vehicle. It wasn’t, and the wide receiver didn’t make a big deal about it after the fact. “The police were just doing their job,” he said on Twitter. “Apologies were made and it’s now in the past.”

The Pittsburgh Steelers hadn’t yet publicly commented on the wide receiver’s arrest. Paperwork has moved along from the sheriff’s office to the courts.

Non-sports fans know him better as the Season 12 champion of “Dancing With the Stars.” He won last season with help from professional dancer Kym Johnson.

Ward was the second professional football player to take the Mirror Ball Trophy, with Emmitt Smith the first one back in 2006.


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-- Emily Christianson

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photos, from top: Kym Johnson and Hines Ward on “Good Morning America.” (Credit: Taylor Hill / Getty Images); Hines Ward in a mug shot taken Saturday (DeKalb County sheriff’s office).