By Dave Kolpack | Associated Press
FARGO, N.D. -- Cleveland Browns executive Jon Sandusky, the son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, was cooperative but refused to take a blood test when he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in North Dakota, police said Wednesday.
Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel said Sandusky, 36, was pulled over for making an illegal turn at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday near the city's downtown. Sandusky, the director of player personnel for the Browns, allegedly crossed three lanes of traffic to make the turn.
Officers determined Sandusky was driving under the influence after administering field sobriety tests. He told police he was coming from "just down the road," Vettel said.
"They didn't press him on that answer," Vettel said. "We don't know where he was at."
Court records listed no attorney for Sandusky, who is out on bail. Calls to a listing for Jon Sandusky in Strongsville, Ohio, rang unanswered and then disconnected without allowing a message to be left. A hearing for Sandusky has not been scheduled.
Under a North Dakota law that went into effect July 1, anyone who refuses to take a chemical test is considered guilty of drunken driving, said Fargo attorney Mark Friese, a former police officer who specializes in DUI cases. North Dakota is one of about a dozen states that has criminalized the refusal to submit to testing, he said.
"That's subject to a great deal of challenge right now," Friese said.
Sandusky is in his fourth season as Cleveland's director of player personnel after spending nine seasons with Philadelphia's personnel department. He's responsible for the evaluation of college prospects and NFL free agents. He played safety for Penn State from 1996-99.
Jerry Sandusky, 69, a former defensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions, is serving 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.