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49ers Cornerback Charged With DUI

July 10, 2002

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MIAMI (AP) _ San Francisco 49ers cornerback Michael Rumph was charged with driving under the influence after failing a breathalyzer test.

Miami Beach police stopped Rumph’s vehicle at 4:20 a.m EDT Saturday, then gave him a field sobriety test, which he failed, Detective Bobby Hernandez said Tuesday.

Rumph, 22, was then given a breathalyzer exam, which he failed ``by a small margin,″ said Hernandez, adding he could not immediately provide the exact reading Rumph registered. The legal limit for blood-alcohol level in the state of Florida is .08.

Rumph posted $1,500 bond Saturday afternoon and was expected to appear in court later this week. He was the first-round choice of the 49ers in the 2002 NFL draft, going 27th overall.

Attempts to reach Rumph were unsuccessful Tuesday. Someone who answered the phone at the Delray Beach home of Rumph’s father hung up on a reporter, and it wasn’t immediately clear if Rumph has hired an attorney.

``We were dissapointed to hear the news,″ 49ers general manager Terry Donohue said Tuesday.

Rumph was a key member of the Miami national championship team last year. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound cornerback was considered one of the most physical players at the NCAA level.

He has taken part in minicamps with San Francisco, but has not signed a contract. Rumph is scheduled to begin training camp with the 49ers on July 21.

Najeh Davenport, who also was on the Hurricanes last year, was arrested Monday and accused of breaking into a Barry University dormitory and defecating in a woman’s closet.

Davenport, a fullback drafted by the Green Bay Packers, was charged with a second-degree felony count of burglary and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief.

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