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Mike Martindale / The Detroit News

NoviFormer Detroit Lion Charles Rogers was to be back in court today after passing out in a Mexican restaurant, apparently from drinking too much, police said.


The trouble-prone Rogers was arrested on suspicion of failing to fulfill his probation in a Novi 52nd District Sobriety Court program, Novi Deputy Chief Tom Lindberg said.

Rogers was taken into custody Tuesday at an On The Border restaurant on Haggerty Road about 3:15 p.m. after employees were unable to rouse him and were concerned he might have suffered a heart attack, another police source said.

We were called to the restaurant on a medical run and he was taken to Providence Park Hospital for observation,” said Lindberg, who declined to reveal Rogers’ medical problems. “He will be back before Judge Brian MacKenzie on Wednesday.”

Violation of probation is a misdemeanor and would likely result in jail time.

Rogers, who pleaded guilty last year to operating a vehicle while visibly impaired by alcohol, tested positive three times for alcohol and failed to appear once for testing in November.

Sobriety Court is nine months of intensive probation in which defendants must submit to daily or weekly drug and alcohol testing and must undergo group and individual counseling.

On Sept. 16, the former Michigan State star receiver was found by the Novi Fire Department slumped over the wheel of his car while the engine was running. Rogers, 28, failed sobriety tests and was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle while impaired and driving without a valid license.

Rogers, who is from Saginaw, was the second pick overall in the 2003 NFL draft. His NFL career has been sidelined by injuries and substance abuse problems.

In another case in March, Rogers was sentenced to jail in a domestic assault involving his girlfriend. In that case, he was offered Sobriety Court instead of jail. Rogers was caught falsifying documents stating that he had attended Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, one of several Sobriety Court conditions, and tested positive for use of alcohol, a violation of the program.

Rogers was suspended by the Lions for substance abuse in 2005 and released the next year. The team says he must repay two-thirds of a $9.1 million bonus.

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