Griese takes responsibility for arrest

Monday, October 30th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

DENVER (AP) -- Denver Broncos quarterback Brian Griese takes complete responsibility for actions that led to his weekend arrest on charges of driving under the influence.

"I'm going to stand up and take it like a man, go on from there," he said Monday.

Griese was pulled over Saturday on an interstate outside Denver.

Police said he was traveling 80 mph in a 65 mph zone.

He said at a news conference that he had a couple of drinks at dinner with a friend before heading home.

"I understand the seriousness of the charges and I'm going to take full responsibility for it because that's just the way that I am," he said.

Griese faces a Jan. 16 court date.

He failed roadside sobriety and breathalyzer tests and was taken to a detoxification facility in Aurora, Colorado State Patrol trooper Rob Marone said. Griese's blood-alcohol content was above the 0.10-percent legal limit, but Marone would not be more specific.

Griese was one of 130 people arrested Saturday in a law enforcement campaign to crack down on drunken driving. Officers set up checkpoints and randomly check drivers. Others targeted areas prone to drunken driving.

Griese was the NFL's highest-rated passer until injuring his right shoulder Sept. 17 against Oakland. He missed a game because of the injury and has said he might need surgery during the offseason to repair torn cartilage.

Griese, who helped lead Michigan to a national championship in 1997, threw for 3,032 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.