A two-time Super Bowl champion was sentenced Monday to six months’ probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine after pleading no contest to first-offense driving under the influence.
Dave Tollefson, 36, of Omaha, also lost his driving privileges for two months, according to Washington County court records. He was arrested about 7 p.m. Nov. 5 following a traffic stop in Blair.
“I made a mistake and I’ve learned from it,” Tollefson said Monday afternoon in a phone interview. “I’ve never been in trouble before and I really fought not to make any excuses. I’m working hard to rectify that mistake.”
Tollefson, who officials say had a blood-alcohol level of .132, was drafted out of Northwest Missouri State by the Green Bay Packers and played six seasons in the NFL. He was a defensive lineman with the New York Giants when they won Super Bowls following the 2007 and 2011 seasons.
A federal wildlife officer was eastbound on U.S. Highway 30 when he saw a black Ford 250 pickup truck, traveling south on Marina Drive, run a stop sign, according to an affidavit filed in Washington County Court. The pickup crossed two lanes of traffic, forcing the northbound officer’s vehicle off the road.
The officer turned around and pulled Tollefson over. A deputy with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office assisted in a sobriety check.
The deputy said he could smell the odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle, the affidavit said. Tollefson told the deputy he had been hunting and admitted to drinking Jack Daniels whiskey and water.