07/09/2011 at 04:20 PM EDT
Hines Ward, the pro football star and most recent winner
of Dancing with the Stars
, was arrested for investigation of drunken driving in Georgia.
Ward, 35, was booked on a DUI charge at the DeKalb County jail near Atlanta at 3:41 a.m. Saturday and later released on $1,000 bail, according to jail records.
"Hines is deeply saddened by this incident and apologizes to his fans and the Steelers organization for this distraction," his agent/manager Andrew Ree says in a statement.
But Ree adds, "From our preliminary investigation we can tell you that we are confident that the facts will show that Hines was NOT impaired by alcohol while driving."
Ward's longtime friend Corey Allen posted bail, the records show. Ree says that Ward "cooperated fully with the police and truthfully answered all of their questions."
No other details of his arrest were immediately available.
The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver took home the mirror ball trophy this season on Dancing
with pro partner Kym Johnson.