Ex-Cowboy running back Darren McFadden sentenced to three days in jail in DWI case

Mitch Mitchell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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Former Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden will have to report to jail to serve three days in connection with a driving while intoxicated arrest in McKinney last year.

McFadden, who rushed for over 1,000 yards for the Dallas Cowboys in 2015, was arrested shortly after midnight on Jan. 21, 2019, after falling asleep in the drive-thru lane of a Whataburger in the 9000 block of W. University Drive in McKinney.

Police said they were alerted to the situation by Whataburger employees.

McFadden's sentence was handed down on Friday.

McFadden received one day credit for time served and will have to report to the Collin County jail to serve out the remainder of his sentence, according to an official with the Collin County Court at Law No. 2.

An additional charge of resisting arrest, search or transport that McFadden faced was dismissed on Friday, according to court records.


McFadden, 32, initially was charged with driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest. He was released on personal recognizance soon after being taken into custody in Collin County.

McFadden retired from football after being released by the Cowboys in November 2017. He played 10 seasons in the NFL, including the first 10 with the Oakland Raiders. McFadden was the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft out of Arkansas.

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