Lewand said he hadn't had drink in year-plus, blew .20

Either Tom Lewand held a massive amount of alcohol in his system for, oh, a year-and-a-half or the president of the Detroit Lions wasn’t exactly forthcoming with Roscommon County (Mich.) Sheriff’s deputies when he was pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving Friday.

According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, Lewand told police he had not had a drink in a year-and-a-half. That story doesn’t mesh with blood-alcohol level he tested at – 0.21 and 0.20, more than twice the legal limit.

“The driver (Lewand) stated that he was the designated driver,” a deputy wrote, according to the Free Press. Lewand also said that he went to Limberlost bar in Denton Township “to pick a friend up.” But police witnessed him driving erratically and the report noted that there was a “strong odor of intoxicants coming from the driver compartment of the vehicle.”

Lewand did not do well with his field-sobriety tests either. He couldn’t balance on one leg and when asked to touch his finger to his nose, he placed his finger on his upper lip.

Lewand has issued a statement apologizing for the incident and the Lions have come out strongly backing him. Commissioner Roger Goodell said he expects to speak with Lewand soon. Like all league employees – players included – Lewand is subject to the personal conduct policy.

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