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Alabama OL Alphonse Taylor tested negative for driving under influence

Alphonse Taylor carrying Alabama Crimson Tide flag after winning national championship versus Clemson
Alabama offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor (No. 50) celebrates after winning 2016 CFP national championship: Photo via USA Today Sports

So he wasn’t actually drunk. Well, at least according to notes from the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

The statement above is regarding Alabama offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor, who was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (alcohol) on July 17.

Per the Tuscaloosa News, officers said Taylor tested negative for alcohol but performed poorly on the field sobriety tests.

Taylor, who enters his senior year, was leaving a party at the Woodlands Apartment complex on the night in question and could have been facing fatigue on his way home. Documents obtained by Tuscaloosa News state that Taylor was fully cooperative with police, but sleepy.

The officer noted that he smelled no alcohol. Taylor would end up bumping his head on the steering wheel, causing him to be slow in his speech toward the police.

Despite blowing a 0.0 blood alcohol content (BAC) on the breathalyzer, Taylor is still indefinitely suspended from the team.

The 6-foot-5, 345-pound lineman is scheduled to appear at Tuscaloosa Municipal Court on Aug. 16.

He started all 15 games last season at right guard, missing just 12 assignments. Taylor spent much of spring practice on the second-team offense (weight), but he was named to the All-SEC second team preseason list during SEC Media Days.

Alabama will face Southern California at AT&T Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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