Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was charged Wednesday with DUI – driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and driving while having a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher.
Lynch, 26, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol early Saturday morning in his hometown of Oakland.
“There’s a better than 50 percent chance he’s .06 or .07 (in blood-alcohol content),” Lynch’s attorney, Ivan Golde, told NFL.com. “Those tests have a margin of error. Science is there to prove it.”
Golde raised issues with the two separate blood-alcohol tests administered to Lynch. The second test, given some 40 minutes later, registered a higher .10 blood-alcohol content on Lynch, Golde said.
About 3:20 a.m. Saturday, Lynch was pulled over after he was seen weaving between lanes on Interstate 880 near Oakland, according to an incident report from the California Highway Patrol. His Ford Econoline van nearly collided with two other vehicles on the highway, the police report states.
This is Lynch’s first off-field problem since coming over to Seattle from Buffalo during the 2010 season. Lynch’s career stalled with the Bills and was highlighted by two off-field brushes with the law, one of which resulted in a three-game suspension.
He pleaded guilty in March 2009 to a misdemeanor gun charge in Los Angeles.
He was sentenced to 80 hours of community service and three years of probation for that conviction. He also pleaded guilty in 2008 to a traffic violation when his car struck a pedestrian in Buffalo and he drove away.
Lynch, 26, signed a four-year, $31 million contract with the Seahawks in March. The deal includes $18 million in guaranteed money.