Dan Pastorini was a household name in the '70s and '80s when he quarterbacked in the NFL and posed nude in Playgirl Magazine. Monday morning, however, it was Bryan Police who snapped his picture.
Pastorini has been charged with driving while intoxicated. BPD believes he caused a three vehicle accident that sent him and another person to the emergency room. Pastorini was in town to raise money for a local non-profit.
Bryan Police said just before midnight Sunday evening, Pastorini was speeding in the 3600 block of Texas Avenue, when he slammed into a truck in front of him. The impact sent the truck into oncoming traffic where it hit a third vehicle. According to police documents, Pastorini told police he had four or five beers at a party before the accident and was driving back to his hotel.
The former Houston Oilers quarterback still calls Houston home but had to find another ride back. His 2006 Mercedes was badly damaged in the wreck. The former heartthrob and football star was participating in a two-day fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of the Brazos Valley.
An hour after posting a $3,000 bond, Pastorini showed up late at a celebrity golf tournament in Bryan with a broken thumb. His arrest was the topic of conversation.
"We're all out here for the Boys and Girls Club to have fun, so someone had a little too much fun. It happens," said golfer Douglas Patten.
"More people really disappointed in that the incident occurred," said Miramont Country Club General Manager Terry Hall.
The tournament paired each team with one celebrity. As of tee time, players on one team thought their celeb was still locked up.
"We're not worried about that, he's not from here. It's a personal thing so we're moving on with the tournament as is," said the Chairman of the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, Kathy Joyce.
Police said Pastorini refused field sobriety tests and a voluntary blood test at the hospital. Officers drew his blood after getting a search warrant. BPD said the other driver taken to the hospital was treated for minor injuries.
Pastorini starred with the Oilers in the 1970s. He's known as the first player to wear the protective "flak jacket" after he broke his ribs, equipment that is now widely used in football.
In 1979, Pastorini led the Oilers to the AFC championship game, the deepest the team ever went in the post-season while based in Houston. He was traded to Oakland in exchange for Ken Stabler that subsequent off-season. Pastorini also played with the Rams and the Eagles.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.