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Former Cowboy player arrested for DWI while asleep in a Whataburger drive-thru line

Posted: 3:56 PM, Jan 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-21 17:10:22-05

Former Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden was arrested early this morning after falling asleep at the drivethru at a Whataburger in McKinney.

TMZ.com reports that the 31-year-old McFadden, whose NFL career ended after the 2017 season, was found asleep behind the wheel of a 2019 GMC Yukon at the fast-food facility shortly after midnight, McKinney police said.

McFadden faces charges of driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest, search or transport. He was released on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond a short time after being taken into custody, jail records show.

During the incident, cops say McFadden was resisting officers, TMZ.com reported. Multiple sources told TMZ that McFadden’s driver’s side and passenger windows were smashed during the incident.

Cops responded to the scene and arrested McFadden. He was taken to a nearby station where he was booked for DWI and resisting arrest. He was released on bond a short time later.

McFadden was a star player for three seasons at the University of Arkansas in the mid-2000s and was selected fourth in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.

He spent seven seasons with the Raiders before signing with the Cowboys in 2015. Dallas released him in November 2017, and McFadden retired from football several days later.

The Dallas Morning News repor ts that property records show that McFadden lives in a gated community in Prosper, about 4 miles from the Whataburger.

McFadden rushed for 5,421 yards in his career, twice topping 1,000 yards in a season.  During the course of his NFL career, TMZ estimates that he was paid approximately $50 million.