Lynch’s attorneys responded in a statement that Lynch’s car was “parked securely and not operating” and that a DUI charge does not stand.
LAS VEGAS — Former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch was asleep and smelling of alcohol when Las Vegas police found him in his damaged sports car and arrested him on suspicion of drunk driving, according to an arrest report released Thursday .
Lynch’s attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, responded in a statement that Lynch’s car “was parked securely and not operating” when police arrived early Tuesday and a charge of drunk driving would not stand.
“Marshawn was not stopped for a DUI,” the statement said. “We are confident that once all the evidence is presented, this will not be a DUI under Nevada law.”
The arresting officer, Kevin Barker, reported that Lynch’s black 2020 Shelby GT500 was “undriveable” because a front wheel was missing and the rear driver and passenger wheels were badly damaged.
The arrest report said investigators found markings that indicated the vehicle “hit sidewalks” before it stopped in an industrial area of downtown Las Vegas off Main Street.
“The driver was asleep behind the wheel with the driver’s door open, reclining in the seat,” the report said, “with bloodshot, tearing eyes and one shoe on and one shoe off.”
The 7:30 a.m. Tuesday arrest came the morning after the Seattle Seahawks — the team Lynch had played for most of his 12 NFL seasons — announced that Lynch had been hired as a special correspondent.
Lynch also played for the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders.
The arrest report said Lynch, 36, did not cooperate with officers and fell asleep several times during questioning. Prison officials “had to use a restraining chair to force a blood draw” after a judge issued a warrant, the report said.
Lynch was later released from Las Vegas City Jail pending a December 7 court hearing in Las Vegas Municipal Court.
The results of his blood test were not released immediately. Nevada law prohibits driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or more.
Court documents show that in April, in a case in which charges were dismissed for failing to recover or remaining at the scene of an accident, Lynch filed an unarguable plea to a misdemeanor parking fee and was fined $750.
Schonfeld, who represented Lynch in the case, declined to comment Thursday.
Lynch’s attorneys said in their statement that he “appreciates and is grateful for everyone’s concern and support.”
Lynch had 10,413 rushing yards and 85 rushing touchdowns from 2007 to 2019 and was selected to the Pro Bowl five times. In 2013 he won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks.
The full interaction can be seen on the Las Vegas Metro Police Department’s YouTube page.
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