Chargers’ Jackson releases statement about suspicion of DUI

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson says he plans on proving his innocence after he was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of drunken driving and booked at San Diego County Jail.

“Yesterday, I was stopped by an officer. I don’t think any charges will be filed as a result of the stop,” said Jackson, 25, in a statement posted on the Chargers Web site. “In the event they are, I look forward to clearing my name and proving my innocence.”

The fourth-year pro from the University of Northern Colorado, was pulled over around 2:30 a.m. as he was driving east on Highway 52 in a 2008 GMC Sierra, CHP Officer Brad Baehr said.

Jackson, who was alone in the vehicle, agreed to a blood test, but the results were unavailable early this afternoon. Jackson was on probation for a previous DUI, but Baehr did not have any more information about that.

Jackson posted bail and was released this morning, said Jan Caldwell of the Sheriff’s Department.

A.J. Smith, the Chargers’ general manager, acknowledged the incident in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.

“We’re aware of the off-the-field issue involving Vincent. Obviously we’re disappointed. We take these issues very seriously,” Smith said. “Moving forward, we will monitor the situation and have no further comment.”

Jackson is a starter who has 57 receptions and seven touchdowns this season heading into Sunday’s AFC playoff game at Pittsburgh.

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