WASHINGTON (AP) _ Marlene Cooke, widow of the late Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor.

Ms. Cooke was stopped about 1:50 a.m. in the Dupont Circle area of Washington for driving with her headlights off, police said. She was given a citation and released after she refused to take a breath alcohol test. She is expected to appear in court to face the charge in early December, police said.

Ms. Cooke was charged in late 1993 with drunken driving after driving through Georgetown with a screaming man clinging to the hood of her Jaguar convertible. She was charged in June 1994 with driving while intoxicated. The 1993 charge was dropped and she pleaded guilty in 1994 to operating a vehicle while impaired.

She said Thursday that she had had a few sips of alcohol at a dinner at the Organization of American States. She denied being drunk.