911 Tapes Released In Jay Ratliff Crash
GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM) – Recordings of two 9-1-1 calls have been released by the Grapevine police that describe the crash scene on westbound Hwy 114 that led to Dallas Cowboys player Jay Ratliff being arrested and charged with DWI on Tuesday.
J.R. Wilson, the driver of the semi-truck that was struck by Ratliff, made the initial call to police. “I can see the airbags deployed. I don’t know what he it but he tore up the side of it,” he said in the call.
The second caller, who did not witness the initial accident, described the crash scene – including the driver of the pick-up truck later identified as Ratliff as “pretty shaken up” after “smacking the divider” at the Hwy 141/121 split.
According to the accident report–Ratliff was trying to pass the big rig when he struck it and spun out of control and hit a median protector.
Grapevine Police says he failed several roadside sobriety tests and was charged with Driving while intoxicated.
Ratliff’s arrest comes less than two months after backup nose tackle Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter in a crash that killed Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown.
According to police, officers observed signs of intoxication at the crash scene. “He was very cooperative at the onset of the investigation,” said Sgt. Robert Eberling. “When he was taken into custody and brought to jail he became a little bit verbally abusive.”
Ratliff was taken to Texas Health Harris HEB Hospital in Bedford for treatment, but neither he or Wilson were seriously injured.
Police say Ratliff refused to take a breathalyzer or submit to a blood draw. Officers later obtained a warrant and then a blood sample. Results are pending, and police say they will take several days.
Ratliff bonded out Tuesday, and did not talk to members of the media at his home Wednesday.
In December 2012, Ratliff, a four-time Pro Bowler, underwent sports hernia surgery, after playing in only six games this past season.
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