Former Chicago Bears player Dan Hampton arrested on drunk driving charge

(CNN) — Former Chicago Bears linebacker Dan Hampton was arrested early Friday morning in his hometown of Gary, Indiana, on suspicion of drunken driving, according to police. The 70-year-old retired football star was arrested…

Former Chicago Bears player Dan Hampton arrested on drunk driving charge

(CNN) — Former Chicago Bears linebacker Dan Hampton was arrested early Friday morning in his hometown of Gary, Indiana, on suspicion of drunken driving, according to police.

The 70-year-old retired football star was arrested shortly after midnight Friday outside his home after witnesses observed him driving erratically, said Sgt. Ron Galaviz, a spokesman for the Gary Police Department.

When officers arrived at the scene, they saw Hampton was a little behind schedule and got out of his vehicle and attempted to conduct a field sobriety test, but he failed.

Galaviz said police determined Hampton was extremely intoxicated and took him into custody after he failed sobriety tests, including a breathalyzer test.

Hampton is being held on a $2,500 bond in the Lake County Jail.

Police did not provide additional details about Hampton’s arrest or the circumstances around the incident.

Gary is about 100 miles northwest of Chicago.

CNN’s efforts to contact Hampton were unsuccessful.

Hampton is one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, with one Pro Bowl selection to his name in a 14-year career that began with the Green Bay Packers and ended with the Bears in 1979.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

In 1985, Hampton played with Richard Dent for the NFL’s “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line, ranked among the league’s best for a decade.

Hampton retired from football after the 1987 season.

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