Tyler Thigpen, a free agent QB who last threw an NFL pass in 2012, was arrested early Sunday morning at a Wendy’s drive-thru in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Police found him passed out behind the wheel. The details – after police finally woke him up – are ones that probably could signal the end of his journeyman NFL career:
Thigpen told police he was confused, didn’t know where he was or how he had gotten there, according to the report.
He told police he had been at Broadway at the Beach with friends, according to the report. One of the Horry County officers said Thigpen smelled strongly of alcohol.
When asked, Thigpen told police that he had not consumed any alcohol, according to the report. The highway patrol officer instructed Thigpen to take three field sobriety tests and Thigpen refused. At this point the officer arrested Thigpen and took him to Myrtle Beach jail.
The only curious part of this story is that the newspaper claims he was booked at 1:55 pm and released three hours later; if they found him in the drive thru early Sunday morning, it probably means he spent over 12 hours on Sunday in jail.
Thigpen, 30, was signed to a one-year deal by the Cleveland Browns this May, but released in August. [via Myrle Beach Online]