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Former Buccaneers DT Chris Hovan Arrested on DUI and Child Neglect Charges

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SJ - December 3, 2020

Former Vikings and Buccaneers defensive tackle Chris Hovan was arrested on Monday night in Florida for driving under the influence.  The 42-year-old, who had his child in the car at the time of the arrest, was charged with DUI and felony child neglect.

This isn't Hovan's first run in with the law since his NFL career ended.  He was arrested for a DUI in 2015 and was ordered to stay away from his family in 2018 after a domestic abuse case.

From Tampa Bay Times:

The incident took place Monday about 7:40 p.m. Deputies pulled over Hovan, 42, on Tampa Road just west of Forest Lakes Boulevard, according to an arrest affidavit. He “showed signs of impairment” while performing field sobriety tests, deputies said.

A Breathalyzer exam revealed that his blood-alcohol content level was 0.309 and 0.315, the report said. That is more than three times the level at which Florida law presumes a driver is impaired, which is 0.08 or greater.

He was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge and a felony charge of child neglect. The child, whose name was not released by the Sheriff’s Office, was in the passenger seat when deputies stopped Hovan. The child was not injured.

There's nothing like an arrest around the holidays to help spread holiday joy.  Hovan is in desperate need of some serious help.  Anyone who is willing to bring their kid along for a DUI ride doesn't have their shit together.



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