Marco Pappa was pulled over around 8 a.m. last Sunday on I-5 near downtown Seattle after being clocked driving 84 mph, according to an arrest report obtained by the Seattle Times. Pappa apparently failed a field sobriety test, was taken into custody around 8:30 a.m. and eventually took two blood-alcohol-screenings where he tested .174 and .166. Washington's legal limit is .08, meaning Pappa's BAC was more than twice that.
Other allegations from the report include:
- Pappa was pulled over after allegedly passing cars on the left and right
- There was a "strong odor of intoxicants" and two open containers in the back seat
- He was ultimately released to a licensed driver following the tests
- This was Pappa's first moving violation in Washington since joining the Sounders ahead of the 2014 season
Pappa is currently ineligible to play pending an investigation by the league and until he's cleared by the league's substance-abuse doctors. Philadelphia Union forward CJ Sapong was involved in a similar situation earlier this year and missed three weeks before being cleared to return.
The Sounders will play the Montreal Impact on Saturday in Canada.