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New: Tank Johnson stopped by police

Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson ran into more trouble with the law early Friday morning in his home state of Arizona.

Police in Gilbert, Ariz., pulled Johnson over for driving 40 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone. Observing signs of possible alcohol impairment, officers brought Johnson to the Gilbert Police Station to administer a blood alcohol test.

The result of the test is not expected for approximately two weeks. As of Friday, Johnson had not been charged with driving under the influence.

The incident could affect the length of Johnson’s suspension at the beginning of the 2007 season.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Johnson for eight games for previous legal infractions. But Goodell said the punishment could be reduced to six games if, among other conditions, Johnson had “no further adverse involvement with law enforcement.”

The commissioner’s office was unavailable for comment Friday. Bears officials said they were investigating the incident and would not comment until they gathered more details.

Johnson served a two-month jail sentence, which ended May 13, after pleading guilty to violating his probation on a 2005 weapons conviction in Cook County.

Around the same time, Johnson also pleaded guilty in Lake County to possession of a firearm without a valid Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification card and was sentenced to 45 days in jail – but with credit for the time served in Cook County.

The Lake County charges stemmed from a December raid on Johnson’s home in Gurnee.

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