Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has entered a plea of not guilty to DUI charges following his arrest for investigation of driving under the influence in Northern California.
“We will prove that Marshawn was not under the influence when he was pulled over on the evening in question,” lawyer Ivan Golde said, via the San Francisco Chronicle.
“There is much investigation that needs to be done in this case”.
According to a statement from California Highway Patrol officer Richard Washabaugh, Lynch was “weaving in and out” of his lane on the freeway on the night of July 14. Washbaugh also added that Lynch nearly crashed into two cars.
According to his attorney, Ivan Golde, Lynch blew a .08 at the scene shortly after he was pulled over on July 14 in Alameda County and subsequently arrested. Golde said he believes Lynch was actually under .08 when he was pulled over and had a rising blood-alcohol level.
Golde said he believes that unless the case is dismissed, it will not go to trial until after the 2012 NFL season is over. That doesn’t completely erase the chance of Lynch facing punishment from the NFL, but the lack of resolution in the case may delay the league’s decision.
Lynch signed a four-year contract in March that will keep him in a Seattle uniform for the prime of his NFL career. The contract is worth $31 million, including a guaranteed $18 million.
Lynch rushed for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.