In Washington state, DUI charges can result in severe consequences for those convicted. One former Washington resident currently living in another city is finding out that similar consequences generally apply regardless of which state the offense happens to occur in. For the former Kent resident, currently a defensive lineman for the Steelers, recent charges of drunk driving mean that he faces a difficult legal battle, with both his freedom and football career on the line.
An off-duty police officer reportedly spotted the football player, a 22-year-old lineman, driving an SUV the wrong way down a street at about 2:30 a.m. on Oct.14. The officer reported the vehicle's location. When police attempted to stop the lineman, he fled. During the chase, he crashed into four parked cars, injuring a woman who was in one of the cars. He then fled on foot, finally being chased by police into a parking lot where he was apprehended.
The incident resulted in a slew of charges, including felonies for fleeing the police, aggravated assault by vehicle, and aggravated assault. He was also charged with several misdemeanors including causing damage, resisting arrest, escape and DUI. His blood alcohol content level at the time of arrest was 0.196, over twice the legal limit.
While the DUI itself was a misdemeanor, the other charges related to the incident may result in extensive jail time for the driver. However, the man has a right to defend those charges, working to ensure that a mistake does not substantially affect his personal life and professional career.
Source: The Seattle Times, "Steelers rookie accused of DUI, assault in chase," Oct.12, 2012