MBO - Police say they found a former Coastal Carolina University quarterback asleep at a fast-food drive-thru early Sunday morning, leading to his arrest on charges of driving under the influence. Tyler Beckham Thigpen, 30, of Myrtle Beach is charged with DUI. He was released Sunday on a $1,000 cash/surety bond, police said. According to a S.C. Highway Patrol incident report, Horry County police officers who were responding to a call at the BP gas station at U.S. 17 Bypass and 10th Avenue North saw a black Cadillac sport utility vehicle pull up to the nearby Wendy’s drive-thru. After about 20 minutes, Horry County police noticed the truck hadn’t moved. The officers approached the Cadillac and saw that Thigpen was asleep in the driver’s seat with his foot on the brake. Horry County police said it took several minutes to awaken him. When they did, Thigpen told police he was confused, didn’t know where he was or how he had gotten there, according to the report. He told police he had been at Broadway at the Beach with friends, according to the report. One of the Horry County officers said Thigpen smelled strongly of alcohol. When asked, Thigpen told police that he had not consumed any alcohol, according to the report. The highway patrol officer instructed Thigpen to take three field sobriety tests and Thigpen refused. At this point the officer arrested Thigpen and took him to Myrtle Beach jail. At the Myrtle Beach jail, Thigpen was asked to take a breathalyzer test, which he also refused. He was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway at 1:55 p.m. Sunday and released at 4:36 p.m.
Tyler Thigpen you dirty dog. Living that NFL journeyman/free agent life. I kinda love that he’s referred to as a free agent. Makes me think that we’re all free agents. If an NFL free agent can be caught for a DUI passed out in a Wendy’s drive thru, that means I’m not too far away from being the Bills 3rd string QB. That’s called math, folks.
My favorite thing about Thigpen is he once took a 1 million dollar paycut to stay with the Bills. Yep. He took less money to stay in Buffalo, hoping he’d be the starter. Ryan Fitzpatrick beat him out. Fairly sure Tavaris Jackson did too. That’d drive anyone to drink 8-15 miller lites and get behind the wheel to pick up a few spicy chicken sandwiches. Just have, have, have to stay awake in that drive thru line.