A former all-conference defensive back on LSU’s 2007 national championship football team, now a NFL free agent, was arrested early Friday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, an affidavit of probable cause shows.
Chevis Jackson, 26, 4005 Nicholson Drive, No. 3610, was booked into Parish Prison on one count each of first-offense DWI and failure to signal/improper turn.
Chevis Jackson was driving a BMW sport utility vehicle west in the 800 block of East Boyd Drive around 2 a.m. when he turned north into a private driveway without using a turn signal, the affidavit says.
A Baton Rouge police officer stopped Jackson and noticed he had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol, the affidavit says.
Jackson admitted to drinking earlier in the night, the affidavit says.
Jackson performed poorly on a field sobriety test, registering an 0.084 percent blood-alcohol content, just above the 0.08 reading considered presumptive evidence of drunken driving in Louisiana.
Jackson was a three-year starter for LSU between 2005 and 2007, earning first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from both the Associated Press and SEC coaches as a senior in 2007.
Jackson is second in LSU history with 44 passes defended, 21 of which came in his final season.
Jackson was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2008 NFL draft and played in 31 games for the organization in two seasons, according to his NFL.com biography.
Jackson was waived by the Falcons in September 2010, according to a biography for Jackson on the website for the Carolina Panthers, the last team that had signed Jackson.
Jackson signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots that same season but was waived by both clubs, his Carolina Panthers biography says. He was claimed by the Denver Broncos in December 2010, but the team waived him in August.
The Panthers claimed Jackson a day after the Broncos cut him, but he was waived by Carolina on Sept. 3.