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Lynch to plead to “wet reckless driving” Friday

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Feb. 20, 2014 at 1:24 pm with 16 Comments »
February 20, 2014 4:40 pm

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.

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  1. FleaFlicker says:

    And here’s where the Christine Michael pick pays off. I imagine his royal highness Roger Goodell will have Marshawn in street clothes for a few weeks this season.

  2. seaturkeys says:

    Is it likely he’ll get suspended for this? I was thinking otherwise.

  3. CDHawkFan says:

    If he does, then I expect Rodger to stone Aldon Smith on pay-per-view.

  4. I can’t imagine he can avoid being suspended.

    Whatever the charge that finally is applied, the fact that he blew over the legal limit and was “weaving in and out of lanes in a white Ford van, and nearly colliding with two cars.” would be enough for Goodell to suspend him.

  5. It’ll be minimal if anything (I hope). Michael was more than Marshawn insurance. Michael has all the tools needed to become an elite NFL RB. Think Ahman Green in his prime with wheels.

  6. Here is a link to another explanation of wet reckless driving.

  7. RDPoulsbo says:

    People are still trying to justify using a 2nd round pick on a 3rd string RB who did nothing but take a couple mopup carries in blowout games? Worst case scenario makes Turbin the starter, not Michael. So basically, people are cheering the use of a high round pick on a change up to the change up that might actually see a few meaningful plays over a year into being drafted. At RB, one of the positions with the smallest learning curve in the NFL.

  8. Ray_Maines says:

    “A Wet Reckless is the nickname for the California Vehicle Code (VC) Section 23103 per VC 23013.5 charge of reckless driving involving alcohol.”

    Never heard of this in my life

  9. It’s a good result for Lynch. Happy it’s resolved.

    I’ve been disappointed with the zero production from Michael too (you expect pretty much immediate help from 2nd rounders), but it’s way too early to close the book on the guy. He’s young, and playing behind one of the best RB’s in the league, plus a solid back-up. Plenty of time left for us to see what he’s got. I would love to see him get more field time next year though.

  10. snoopy123 says:

    Michael has looked explosive and far superior than Turbin in the limited carries he has gotten. I believe he was a healthy scratch most of the season because he doesn’t play special teams and is still getting accustomed to the playbook.

  11. freedom_X says:

    Many people consider insurance a waste of money – until they actually need it.

    I would rather spend a pick on a potential star player who will initially serve as insurance, than a decent player who might contribute right away. This is exactly what Schneider means when he talks about not being “position specific.”

  12. I wonder how much participation there is in that driving safety class….

    Instructor: “Mr. Lynch, would you like to help me demonstrate how to comply with a field sobriety test?”

    ML: “I’m like a prop here.”

    Instructor: “What should you do if you’ve had a few too many, and feel like driving home?”

    ML: “I stay ready. There ain’t no getting there.”

    Instructor: “OK, class, what did we learn about mixing alcohol and vehicles?”

    ML: “I’m all about that action, boss.”

  13. Southendzone says:

    Is there precedent in league for a suspension due to this type of offense? Its not a DUI

  14. Dukeshire says:

    He won’t get a league suspension. Finally, this is over with.

  15. Macabrevity says:

    Snoop and Free are on the mark with CM. If a 2nd round pick had to sit behind Adrian Petersen, I don’t think anyone would call him a bust. Think Michael Turner biding his time behind Tomlinson….

  16. CM sat for one reason and one reason only – He was less valuable to the team on game day than Turbin.

    could be for blocking – ST – knowledge of the playbook – in the coaches doghouse. In the minds of the guy who matters most – he wasn’t as valuable on game day – simple as that!

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