Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will plead guilty Friday to a lesser charge of “wet reckless” driving, according to his lawyer, Ivan Golde, which will close his ongoing DUI case stemming from a summer 2012 arrest.
Lynch will have to pay a $1,080 fine and attend six classes on driving safety and alcohol consumption in California. Lynch does not have to physically be in Alameda County Court on Friday.
Golde said he thinks they could have won the case, but that Lynch’s heightened fame following the Super Bowl made them not want to go through a public trial.
Golde also said he hopes this lesser charge means that Lynch will not be suspended by the NFL. “I would certainly hope so and think so,” Golde said.
Lynch was arrested by the California Highway Patrol early Saturday morning on July 14, 2012, when a police officer observed him driving north on Interstate 880 in Oakland, weaving in and out of lanes in a white Ford van, and nearly colliding with two cars.
After failing a preliminary sobriety test, Lynch was taken into custody and transported to the Alameda County Sheriff department’s north county jail in Oakland. Lynch submitted to 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.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s office filed charges against Lynch for driving under the influence of alcohol on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.
Lynch pleaded not guilty to charges of allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol in Alameda County Superior Court in August 2012.