Former Falcon Jamal Anderson arrested on DUI charge

Former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson has been arrested on a DUI charge.

Records from the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office show that Anderson, 42, was booked in the county’s detention center Friday on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and improper stopping.

Anderson, according to jail records, was arrested by the Georgia State Patrol. Officials with the GSP had not responded to an inquiry from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution late Friday.

Anderson previously faced a drunken driving charge after being arrested by DeKalb police in June 2012. In December of that year, he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving. He was sentenced to 12 months of probation and ordered to pay a $700 fine. He was also ordered to perform 64 hours of community service, complete a defensive driving program and attend a drunk driving impact panel.

In February 2009, Anderson was charged with cocaine and marijuana possession after an off-duty officer said he saw the athlete using drugs at a Buckhead bar. The charges were later dismissed, according to Anderson’s attorney.

Anderson was drafted in 1994 by the Falcons in the seventh round. He became a starter for the team in 1996 and remained with Falcons until 2001. He is also known for popularizing the “Dirty Bird” celebration dance.

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