Jeremy Trueblood, the starting right tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was released from an Indiana jail Wednesday after prosecutors decided not to file a Public Intoxication charge stemming from an arrest Tuesday night, authorities said.Trueblood, 27, was released from Hancock County Jail early Wednesday morning.
According to authorities, just before 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening police were dispatched to the Gas America store at 815 E. Main Street in Greenfield for a possible intoxicated driver. A caller told police that the vehicle had just left the store and was eastbound on Main Street. The caller reported that male subjects in the store could barely stand up because they were intoxicated.
En route to the store police observed a vehicle matching the description of the possible intoxicated driver. The officer followed the vehicle and observed that the driver and the passenger failed to have their seatbelts on and then initiated a traffic stop.
While the officer was speaking to the driver, back seat passenger Benjamin McKenny identified himself as a Hamilton County Corrections Officer and said “everything is alright.” The officer smelled an odor of alcohol and asked for identification from all of the passengers.
The officer continued to ask for identification when the passengers, including Trueblood, became uncooperative, belligerent and verbally abusive to the officers. Trueblood, 27, and McKenny, 26, failed to cooperate and comply with the officers.
McKenny and Trueblood were both arrested for Public Intoxication and the driver, Wanda Trueblood, was cited for not having a seatbelt on.Trueblood played ball at Cathedral High School, graduating in 2000. He helped lead his team to back-to-back state championships. Trueblood continued his football career at Boston College before being drafted to the Buccaneers in 2006.
“There will be no further action as far as the prosecution for the county is concerned,” said Hunt. “They did the right thing not driving.”
Trueblood, who joined the Bucs in 2006, signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract in May. His hometown is listed as Indianapolis, Indiana
Trueblood was featured in a 2008 interview with St. Petersburg Times and tampabay.com sports reporter Stephen Holder.