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Panthers release Jarrett after 2nd DWI in 3 years

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Dwayne Jarrett (Photo courtesy of the Mecklenburg County Jail) Dwayne Jarrett (Photo courtesy of the Mecklenburg County Jail)
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Carolina Panthers released receiver Dwayne Jarrett from the team and signed his replacement on Tuesday.

Panthers' General Manager Marty Hurney said that the team claimed receiver David Clowney off of the New York Jets' waivers to replace Jarrett.

"I talked to Dwayne and told him the situation here is just not working out for either side," said Hurney.  

Jarrett was arrested in Charlotte early Tuesday morning for a DWI charge, and this is his second DWI arrest in nearly 3 years.

According to Mecklenburg County Jail records, Jarrett was arrested at 2:08 a.m. during a traffic stop on I-77. 

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department spokesman Robert Fey, as Jarrett was being booked at the jail, he refused to breathe into an intoxilyzer machine which is used to determine a driver's blood alcohol level. 

"A blood kit was performed, the results of which will take several weeks to get back," Fey said.

Previously, Jarrett was arrested for DWI on March 11, 2008, and his blood alcohol level at that time was .12. 

On June 23, 2008, Jarrett pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.  He surrendered his driver's license and was ordered to perform 24 hours of community service.  Jarrett was also enrolled in the first stage of the NFL's substance abuse program.

Jarrett has two catches this season, both coming in Week 1 against the NY Giants.

"We had a chance to pick up [Clowney] off waivers a receiver we considered claiming when he became available four weeks ago," Hurney said in a statement to WBTV. "We wish Dwayne the best."

Clowney played at Virginia Tech and was drafted in the fifth round by Green Bay in 2007. He has spent the last four seasons with the Jets, catching 16 passes for 239 yards and one touchdown.

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