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Lawrence Taylor charged with DUI in Palm Beach County

Lawrence Taylor, a former linebacker for the New York Giants, was arrested in Palm Beach County Friday evening and charged with driving under the influence, officials said.

The Hall of Famer allegedly drove a Bentley into a motor home and sideswiped a police squad car, according to the police report.

When the officer approached the scene, Taylor had bloodshot eyes and “had been smoking cigars and had an odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage.” When asked if he’d had anything to drink, Taylor said, “apparently too much,” the report said.

Investigators say five hours after the crash, Taylor’s blood alcohol level was .082 and .084. The legal limit is .08.

Taylor, who lives in Pembroke Pines, was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol. Officers said Taylor was attempting to get on to Florida’s Turnpike southbound in Palm Beach Gardens. As he entered the highway, he hit the right side of a motor home also headed southbound. As Taylor veered right, he sideswiped a marked FHP trooper’s vehicle, parked on the right shoulder of the road.

He was booked into jail Saturday at around 3 a.m. and was released at around 4:30 a.m. on his own recognizance.

Taylor, 57, had a 13-year career in the NFL playing for the Giants. He’s won two Super Bowls and is a three-time “NFL Defensive Player of the Year.”

Monique O. Madan: 305-376-2108, @MoniqueOMadan

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