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June 4, 2012

UPDATE: Blackmon formally charged; scheduled to appear in court Monday

STILLWATER, Okla. — Jacksonville Jaguars first-round draft pick receiver Justin Blackmon was charged Monday morning with aggravated DUI, a misdemeanor.

Blackmon, a former Oklahoma State Cowboys football star, is scheduled to appear in Payne County District Court at 1:45 p.m. Monday. He could enter a plea at that time.

Aggravated DUI is punishable upon conviction by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, a substance abuse evaluation and a vehicle ignition interlock device, according to Oklahoma statutes. Aggravated DUI is a charge reserved for drivers who have a blood alcohol content of .15 or more.

Blackmon, 22, tested .24 when Stillwater police gave him a breathalyzer test after his arrest early Sunday, police said in a statement. Police made the arrest after seeing a white sport utility vehicle drive left of center at a speed of 60 mph on city streets with a speed limit of 35 mph. The vehicle continued about four blocks before pulling over for police, they said. The vehicle stopped at a gas station at Perkins and McElroy roads, police said.

The investigating officer reported Blackmon, who was alone in the car, admitted drinking before driving. Blackmon smelled like alcohol, was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and glassy and bloodshot eyes, police said.

He was arrested at about 3 a.m. He posted $1,000 bond and left the Payne County Jail Sunday afternoon, a jailer said.

No attorney is listed yet for Blackmon in court records. Payne County Assistant District Attorney Lynn Hermanson will prosecute the case, court records indicate.

The Jaguars drafted Blackmon, 22, with the fifth pick in this year's NFL draft in the hopes that he can upgrade the league's worst offense.

"We are aware of the report and are gathering information," Jaguars spokesman Dan Edwards said. "We don't have any comment at this time."

A sports memorabilia company reported Blackmon had been scheduled to sign autographs in Houston Saturday but had backed out the day of the event, with his representative telling company officials Blackmon was sick.

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