Police report: Ratliff was 'verbally abusive'

Jay Ratliff, the starting nose tackle for the Dallas Cowboys who was arrested early Tuesday for driving while intoxicated, was "verbally abusive several times" after he was taken to jail in Grapevine, Texas, where the traffic stop occurred.

According to the probable-cause affidavit written by arresting officer Eric Barch, Ratliff had been "cooperative and courteous" at the scene of the accident in which he crashed his 2011 Ford pickup truck into an 18-wheeler. Neither Ratliff, 31, nor the driver of the tractor-trailer was injured.

Ratliff, according to the affidavit, showed a total of 12 clues of intoxication while taking three field-sobriety tests. Ratliff, who underwent season-ending surgery to repair a sports hernia on Dec. 13, complained after his arrest about prior injuries that could have affected his ability to perform two of the field-sobriety tests, Barch wrote. The officer stated in his report that Ratliff did not have any difficulty moving around the crash scene.

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