Tampa Bay cornerback Torrie Cox was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with driving under the influence.

The arrest, which took place at 3:19 a.m. on Dale Mabry Highway and Carmen Street in Tampa, marks the second time in less than a year that the 24-year-old Cox has been taken into custody under suspicion of DUI.

According to the individual charge report, Cox allegedly refused to take a blood-alcohol test. He was booked at Orient Road Jail at 4:50 a.m. His bail was set at $500.

Cox was arrested last December and charged with DUI, a second-degree misdemeanor. As a result of his first arrest, the Bucs deactivated Cox for three straight games.

“We have met with Torrie Cox regarding the seriousness of these charges,” Bucs general manager Bruce Allen said in a statement released on Tuesday evening. “We will continue to closely monitor this situation and cooperate with the investigation completely.”

Not only does he serve as a backup cornerback for Tampa Bay, Cox was the Bucs’ primary kickoff returner during Sunday’s 24-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Cox, who entered the NFL in 2003 as a sixth-round pick out of Pittsburgh, is considered a valuable special teams contributor and spent a significant amount of time last season as the team’s nickel cornerback.

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