Police release bodycam video from Malcolm Butler DUI arrest

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Body-worn camera footage released Wednesday by North Providence police shows the arrest of former New England Patriots player Malcolm Butler last month.

Butler was arrested on a DUI charge after police said they found his vehicle stopped in the middle of Mineral Spring Avenue around 3:22 a.m. on March 16. He showed signs of intoxication, according to police, and when the officers asked if he’d been drinking, Butler allegedly replied: “Just take me to jail.”

Police said Butler refused to take a chemical test after he was taken into custody.

Butler pleaded not guilty to the DUI charge late last month.

He is best known for his goal-line interception against the Seattle Seahawks that sealed the Patriots’ fourth Super Bowl title in 2015. He retired from the NFL earlier this year, having last played for the Tennessee Titans in 2020.

In the bodycam video, which is partially redacted, one officer can be heard asking, “Wait, are you Malcolm Butler the football player?”

Butler responds by saying he now makes music, which can be heard playing from the phone in his hand. When the second officer mentions that Butler’s car is blocking the road, he replies, “I just got so into what I was doing.”

Butler then gets out of the car and can be seen speaking to the officers for several minutes before they put him in handcuffs.

Later in the video, one of the officers can be seen searching Butler’s vehicle. A tow truck is eventually brought in to remove the car from the roadway.

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