AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former NFL and Texas running back Cedric Benson has been charged with public intoxication.

An Austin police spokesman says Benson was booked early Saturday and released several hours later. Police records show Benson was arrested following a verbal disturbance between a male and a female in a taxi.

It wasn't clear whether Benson has an attorney. A lawyer who previously represented Benson didn't immediately return messages.

Benson was a first-round pick who spent eight years in the NFL, with Chicago, Cincinnati and Green Bay. His final pro season was 2012.

Benson in 2011 pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor assault charges in Austin and served five days in jail. He was arrested in 2010 for punching a bar employee. He was arrested in July 2011 for hitting a former roommate.


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