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Former Pro Bowl tackle arrested in Nevada

Associated Press

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Darrell Russell, who's serving a one-year suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of drunken driving and speeding.

Russell, 26, was stopped on U.S. Highway 50 shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday for traveling 60 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to Nevada Highway Patrol officials. The former Oakland Raider, a two-time Pro Bowl selection at defensive tackle, also failed a field sobriety test.

Carson City sheriff's officials said Russell posted $1,205 bail and was released a few hours later. A court date was set for Sept. 19.

Russell is waiting to find out if he will be tried in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland on charges that he videotaped the rape of a 28-year-old Sunnyvale, Calif., woman last January.

Russell was suspended last August for violating the National Football League's substance-abuse policy for the second time. He's scheduled to return to the team Jan. 2.

Prosecutors charge that Russell drugged the woman at a San Francisco nightclub with the "date-rape'' drug GHB and then held the camera as two friends raped her in the early hours of Jan. 31.

All three men have pleaded innocent to 25 felony counts. Under California law, he could be found guilty of crimes allegedly committed by either of his two friends Na'eem Perry, 25, and Ali Hayes, 27 because he did not intervene.

"He should know he's under the microscope every time he steps out of his house,'' Raiders tackle Lincoln Kennedy said at team headquarters in Alameda, Calif. "He should be aware of that.''

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