Redskins’ Byron Westbrook charged with DUI

Washington Redskins cornerback Byron Westbrook was arrested

early Friday and charged with driving under the influence.

Charles County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Diane Richardson

said Westbrook, 25, was pulled over about 2 a.m. on Route 5 at

Lakewood Place after a deputy saw a Mercedes cross the center line

several times.

Richardson said the deputy smelled alcohol and administered

field sobriety tests. She said Westbrook, the brother of Eagles

running back Brian Westbrook, failed and was arrested.

Byron Westbrook has been charged with driving under the

influence, driving while intoxicated, negligent driving and failure

to drive right of center. He was released on personal


A message was left seeking comment from Westbrook’s agent.

“We take these issues very seriously,” Redskins general

manager Bruce Allen said in an e-mail. “Moving forward, we plan to

meet with Byron and will continue to monitor the situation.”

Westbrook, who signed with Washington in May 2007 as an

undrafted free agent, played in 15 games last season. He spent his

first two seasons on the Redskins’ practice squad.