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Nick Fairley, Detroit Lions defensive tackle, arrested on DUI charges


Nick Fairley of the Detroit Lions runs off the field during a NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Ford Field on October 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.


Dave Reginek

Nick Fairley, defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions, was arrested early Sunday morning on DUI charges after police in Mobile, Alabama clocked him going 100 miles per hour in his Cadillac Escalade, the Associated Press reported

Fairley, who was a first-round pick for the Lions a year ago, was also charged with attempting to elude police, reckless driving, no proof of insurance, and having an open container, according to the Detroit Free Press. He was arrested around 1 a.m., and was released around 9 a.m. after posting $1,750 bond, the Free Press reported. 

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This is Fairley's second arrest in two months, according to the Free Press: the lineman was arrested for possession of marijuana in April, also in Mobile, and is awaiting a July arraignment. 

The young football player, who was drafted from Auburn University (where he helped lead the Tigers to the national title in 2010), has been impressive but inconsistent in his first NFL season, according to Yahoo Sports News

"Nick is a very talented player, and Nick flashed everything that he needs to be an impact player in the National Football League, and he was, in spots, last year," Lions' coach Jim Schwartz told Yahoo Sports News. "He just wasn't consistent, and he wasn't healthy enough to be on the field enough for us."

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The Lions have been plagued with bad press this past season, the Free Press pointed out. Their running back Mikel Leshoure has been cited twice for marijuana possession, and their offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath was also arrested for drug possession in South Carolina. Lions' receiver Titus Young has not been allowed at practices since he punched the team's safety Louis Delmas at a workout in early May, according to the Free Press.