Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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July 20, 2012

NFL player arrested in Effingham

EFFINGHAM — A professional football player apparently passing through the Effingham area was arrested Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and other charges.

    In addition to the DUI charge, Donald David Washington III, 25, was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, speeding and driving while license suspended. Effingham County State's Attorney Ed Deters said Washington had been stopped Thursday afternoon by an Illinois state trooper for allegedly traveling 86 miles per hour in a 65-mile per hour zone on Interstate 70 about five miles west of Effingham.

    Judge Ericka Sanders set bond at $20,000. The relatively high bond was set because authorities believe more charges might be pending. Deters said police found crushed pills during a search after Washington's arrest and believe they may be a controlled substance. The pills were sent away for testing, he said.

    Sanders told Washington she would not issue an arrest warrant for any new charges related to the pills because of the high bond.

    Washington posted $2,000 bail almost immediately after his court appearance.

    Washington has been a backup defensive back for the Kansas City Chiefs since 2009. He grew up in Indianapolis and played football at Ohio State University.

    A complete version of this story will appear in Saturday's print edition of the Effingham Daily News.

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