LAS VEGAS, Nev. (702 Times, NV Globe) – A court hearing in Las Vegas for retired NFL star Marshawn Lynch over a DUI arrest from the summer has been postponed by two months.
According to the Las Vegas Municipal Court, the matter was scheduled to be continued until February. The first hearing since Lynch’s arrest in August was still set for Wednesday, but the prosecutor was preparing to petition a court for a postponement, according to a spokeswoman.
Lynch, 36, is facing many counts in connection with the August incident in which Las Vegas Metro police discovered him sleeping in his car.
Lynch was detained at 7:30 a.m. during a traffic stop at Fairfield and West Utah avenues. Tuesday, August 9 Officers discovered him “asleep behind the wheel with the vehicle in an undrivable condition,” according to police. The car, a 2020 Shelby GT500 Coupe, was unregistered.
Lynch was sleeping with the driver’s side door open and reclining back in the seat, according to police. Lynch began conversing to the cops before falling asleep numerous times, according to the report. Officers observed he had bloodshot eyes and was only wearing one shoe after smelling alcohol on his breath and in his automobile.
Lynch said officers he wasn’t drunk or doing drugs, but that he stole the automobile, according to the report. He was escorted to jail and held in a chair while correctional officers took a blood sample.
Lynch was previously engaged in an accident on Feb. 22 that resulted in a parking charge, as the Investigators first reported this summer. Around 4 a.m., he was driving on Tropicana Avenue near Santoro Drive. when his Lamborghini Aventador “collided with landscaping and a fence,” according to police.
According to the report and the videos, a guy at the site who identified himself as Lynch’s cousin originally stated that Lynch was not driving. Police had issued a citation to that individual, but the penalties “were nullified owing to the fact it was shown [that person] was not the driver at the time of the incident,” according to the report.
According to the investigation, witnesses saw Lynch walking away from the incident and then “returned and began attempting to remove the car from the landscape area.” According to the police report, a vehicle subsequently arrived to assist in that endeavor. Lynch later exited the van, leaving the guy shown in the footage with the automobile.
Three days after the incident, authorities spoke with Lynch, who admitted to driving, according to the report. Lynch told authorities he was new to the area and left the collision site “to avoid getting caught on camera,” according to the report.
Lynch was cited by police but was not arrested. According to court records, Lynch pled nolo contendere acknowledging the infraction but denying guilt to a misdemeanor charge of halting, standing, or parking forbidden in specific locations. A court imposed a $750 punishment on him.
Lynch is facing DUI liquor and/or drug charges, failure or refusal to produce proof of insurance, operating an unregistered car, and failure to drive in a travel lane for the August incident. According to Nevada law, a person seated in the driver’s seat is considered to be “in physical control” of the car.
Lynch’s attorneys have contended that the situation does not qualify as a DUI.
Lynch most recently played for the Seattle Seahawks and spent the 2017-2018 season with the Oakland Raiders.
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