QB Portis released by Seahawks after arrest

eric.williams@thenewstribune.comMay 22, 2013 

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll indicated Monday that his team would ramp up efforts to hold players accountable for off-the-field issues.

Carroll backed up that talk Tuesday when Seattle waived backup quarterback Josh Portis a day after a police report revealed he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol earlier this month.

The 25-year-old, third-year pro was competing with Brady Quinn and Jerrod Johnson for a spot behind starter Russell Wilson.

Portis was released from the team’s practice squad in November after Seattle’s game at Miami, but the Seahawks re-signed him to the roster on a two-year deal in April.

Portis was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol

May 5. He has an arraignment hearing scheduled at the Redmond courthouse on May 28.

According to the police report, a Washington State Patrol officer pulled Portis over on Interstate 90 at 9:26 p.m. that day after observing him driving 80 mph in a 60-mph zone exiting the Mount Baker tunnel eastbound in a 2008 Range Rover.

The report said Portis initially refused to take a breath test on site but the arresting officer smelled the odor of intoxicants coming from his car and noted Portis’ eyes were watery and bloodshot. Portis, who repeatedly denied he had been drinking, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

He later submitted to two blood tests, registering blood-alcohol readings of .092 and .078. The legal limit in the state of Washington is .080.

Portis has been charged with a gross misdemeanor.

Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 eric.williams@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks @eric_d_williams

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