Updated: August 10, 2020 11:26 PM
Created: August 10, 2020 08:52 PM
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WHEC) — Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver was arrested and charged with DWI and unlawful possession of a firearm after being pulled over by police in Montgomery County, Texas on May 16.
"I'm not sure how you get arrested with nothing in your system. Honestly, I don't know. I don't know how I got arrested... Life will hit you quick. Even if you're innocent, you can still go to jail for nothing," Oliver said.
Despite passing a breathalyzer test on the scene, Oliver was taken to jail.
"I got a little frustrated after I took the breathalyzer test and he was like, 'It came back 0.00' and he was like, 'But I still think you're intoxicated.' I was like, 'I'm just tired. I just wanna go home.' He was like, 'Nah, you gotta come with us tonight.'"
It was an experience that Oliver describes as violating.
"I didn't feel right. I felt like, 'I shouldn't be doing this. I didn't work my life and walk the straight line my whole life to be put in a jumpsuit and taken to jail for what?'" Oliver said.
The Bills 2019 first-round pick had an independent blood test taken right after he was released but still had to wait for the legal process to play out.
"One of the things that kinda aggravated me was they entered me into the program for no reason — the drug abuse program or whatever. You get pulled over, your test results come back with nothing, they try to enter you into the program, and it's kinda like, 'Wow,'" Oliver said.
The charges were officially dropped on July 22. That's 67 days after his arrest.
"My mom was telling me, 'You live through 100% of your worst days. Your worst day - you've already been through that, so there's no reason to sit and ponder on that... Just whatever they tell you to do, you gotta go through it. I guarantee there's a light at the end of the tunnel,'" Oliver recalled.
As moms usually are, Oliver's mom was right.
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