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story.lead_photo.caption Darren McFadden - Photo by Collin County jail

Former University of Arkansas and Dallas Cowboys running back Darren Graylon McFadden was charged with impaired driving Monday after falling asleep in a drive-thru lane at a fast-food restaurant, according to police in McKinney, Texas.

The 31-year-old Razorback alumnus faces two misdemeanor charges, including a resisting arrest or search infraction, after his arrest in McKinney, a city roughly 40 miles north of Dallas. McFadden was booked into the Collin County jail and released after posting $2,000 bail Monday, records show.

A police official said employees at a local Whataburger called authorities after a man fell asleep behind the wheel of a car in the middle of a drive-thru lane. The official declined to comment on the events that led to the charge of resisting arrest.

Neither McFadden nor the attorney who recently represented him in another matter returned messages seeking comment Monday afternoon.

Coming off a seven-year career with the Oakland Raiders, McFadden played three seasons with the Cowboys before retiring in 2017.

A Little Rock native, he was drafted into the NFL from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 2008. McFadden was selected for the College Football Hall of Fame earlier this month.

Metro on 01/22/2019

Print Headline: McFadden faces impaired driving charge; former Razorback fell asleep in drive-thru lane, police say


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  • abb
    January 22, 2019 at 11 a.m.

    Everyone knows the REAL whattaburger is Feltner's in Russellville. EVERYONE!

  • MaxCady
    January 22, 2019 at 12:08 p.m.

    @ABB, and they don't have a drive thru either. I'm always looking for an excuse to drive to Russellville to get a double whattacheese, half order of fries and a chocolate shake! If you're ever in Conway, Shorty's has the best burger in town. Forget David's.

  • johnblackwell56gmailcom
    January 22, 2019 at 12:55 p.m.

    He has never been the same since Oakland drafted him and Kalifornication.

  • hogfan2012
    January 22, 2019 at 1:08 p.m.

    I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt - he was sleep driving on Ambien - a common side effect.

  • MawMawisthebest
    January 22, 2019 at 2:11 p.m.

    I don’t think falling asleep at a drive-thru should result in a police record! Geez, give a guy a break! He was probably tired and hungry! No telling how long he might have been driving, & we all know how slow drive-thrus can be. Maybe Whataburger needs to up its service.

  • MaxCady
    January 22, 2019 at 2:12 p.m.

    He looks like he's been hitting the Whattaburger quite frequently.