Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was charged on suspicion of DUI back in July of 2012, and still has yet to resolve the case.
According to a report from ESPN.com’s Eric D. Williams, a judge in Alameda County in California denied a motion to dismiss the case against the star back.
A trial date has been set for December 27th, however according to Lynch’s attorney Ivan Golde, he will likely ask for a continuance to avoid having the trial during the season.
According to the report, Golde asked for a dismissal due to a change in the arresting officer’s story.
“The officer drastically changed his story on that critical piece of information,” Golde said. “The impression the DA’s office seems to be making is that they are singling him out to show that high-profile players can’t get away with these things. After all of what Marshawn does for this community, for the police to lie and change their story to prosecute him is inexcusable.”
Apparently the officer said he watched Marshawn drive for a mile at first, then later said he observed for only a 1/5th of a mile.
Either way, Lynch failed the field sobriety test and blew over the legal limit of .08. While it is a lawyer’s job to try to represent his client to the best of his ability, I don’t really see a big difference in a mile or 1/5th of a mile. Not to mention the fact that Lynch was legally drunk.
The judge agreed, and Lynch will, for now, have to stand trial.