I have a little more information on the Marshawn Lynch situation in Oakland after making some calls this morning.
According to Officer Sam Morgan, the public information officer for the California High Patrol’s Oakland station, Lynch was spotted by a police officer travelling North on Interstate 880, driving a 2012 white Ford van about 3:20 a.m. Saturday morning.
According to the report, Lynch had difficulty maintaining his lane, and was observed weaving from lane to lane. Lynch was driving alone when the incident occurred. Lynch also had two near collisions with two other vehicles travelling within adjacent lanes, according to the officer observing his vehicle.
According to the report, Lynch exited the highway in Emeryville, and after submitting to a preliminary field sobriety test, officers determined that Lynch was impaired, and he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Lynch was detained by police and transported to Alameda County Sheriffs department north county jail in Oakland.
Morgan indicated that Lynch was cooperative throughout the process.
“There was no sign of any combativeness or antagonism,” Morgan said. “He went with the program so to speak. He did his thing, we did our thing and everybody went home in one piece, so to speak.”
Once there, Morgan said that according to state law, Lynch was given the choice of three different methods to determine a person’s blood alcohol content level – blood, breath or urine. Lynch chose to take a breathalyzer test, and the test came back positive that his blood alcohol content level was over the state’s legal limit of 0.08.
I asked what Lynch’s blood alcohol content level was, and was told by Officer Morgan that the California Highway Patrol’s policy is not to release the specific blood alcohol content level reading.
According to Morgan, Lynch was booked into jail at about 5:15 a.m. He was later released.
The California Highway Patrol will submit its report to the Alameda County District Attorney’s office, which will then make the determination whether or not to press charges.
I contacted the district attorney’s office, and according to a person within that office they have not received the police report yet. Although unlikely, the district attorney’s office has up to a year to bring charges against Lynch.
Lynch has a pending court date of Aug. 14 in Alameda Superior Court, which would occur during Seahawks training camp.
In regards to a possible suspension, I’ve been told the league is aware of the incident and monitoring the situation.
Because it is Lynch’s third incident dating back to his time in Buffalo, there’s a chance he could be subject to a suspension based on the league’s personal-conduct policy, even if he is not charged.
Lynch already was suspended by the NFL for three games in 2009 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge.
However, the incident is Lynch’s first DUI offense, and typically league commissioner Roger Goodell does not suspend first-time offenders.
So there appears to be some leeway to how Goodell can handle the situation.