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June 14, 2010
McDonald was clocked going 94 mph

According to the California Highway Patrol, 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was traveling 94 mph on Interstate 280 before he was pulled over and eventually arrested on suspicion of DUI Saturday evening.

Officer Art Montiel said Monday that McDonald's black BMW was first observed around 6 p.m. heading southbound on I 280 at Alpine Road. An officer clocked McDonald at 94 mph in the 65 mph zone. McDonald eventually was pulled over at Page Mill Road in Santa Clara County at which point the officer noticed the odor of alcohol coming from the car, Montiel said. McDonald, 25, was alone in the car.

McDonald was asked to get out and was given a field sobriety test. It's not known whether McDonald was given a breath or blood test, Montiel said. However, he was arrested on suspicion of DUI at 6:15 p.m. and transported back to San Mateo County where he was first observed. Lt. Ray Lunny of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said that McDonald was booked into the county jail at around 8 p.m. and released on his own recognizance at around 9:30 p.m. McDonald has a court date in July.

According to the 49ers, McDonald told the team what happened immediately after his arrest. McDonald took part in this morning's practice, and afterward apologized for becoming a distraction. "My intent is just to come out here and work hard and try to win ball games this year," he said. "And I don't want this to be a distraction for the fans, my family, my teammates. That's pretty much it."

McDonald isn't the first 49er to be caught speeding through San Mateo County. In November 2006, then-49ers receiver Antonio Bryant passed a police cruiser in his orange Lamborghini at "well over 100 mph" on northbound Highway 101 in Redwood City, according to police.

He eventually was pulled over, and a belligerent Bryant had to be secured with leather restraints. Bryant was charged with reckless driving, resisting arrest and driving under the influence. The DUI and resisting arrest charge were later dropped, but the NFL suspended Bryant for four games.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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