Marshawn Lynch arrested on suspicion of DUI

Jul 16, 2012, 9:56 PM | Updated: Jul 17, 2012, 10:07 am
Marshawn Lynch is pictured in his booking photo following his arrest Saturday for DUI. Mug shot of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. (Photo courtesy Alameda County Sheriff's Office.)

By staff

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested over the weekend near his hometown of Oakland for investigation of DUI, the California Highway Patrol confirmed late Monday.

Lynch, 26, was arrested early Saturday in the city of Emeryville, Officer Peter van Eckhardt said. He was taken to the Santa Rita Jail, where he was cited and later released.

A mug shot of Marshawn Lynch after his arrest on suspicion of DUI.

According to a report from the San Jose Mercury News, Lynch was cooperative. The report says that his blood-alcohol level was over the .08 limit, but a California Highway Patrol spokesman declined to give the exact number.

Van Eckhardt said the test results would be forwarded with the rest of the arrest information to the Alameda County district attorney’s office to determine whether charges will be filed. He had no details of the arrest.

The Seahawks released a statement Monday night saying the team is “aware of the situation with Marshawn and still gathering information.”

Lynch has stayed out of trouble during his two seasons in Seattle following a pair of incidents during his time with the Bills. In 2008 he pleaded guilty to a traffic violation after he struck a female pedestrian with his car in downtown Buffalo then drove off. He said he was unaware his car had hit the woman. In 2009 he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge in Culver City, Calif. after police found a semiautomatic handgun in the trunk of a car carrying Lynch. The NFL suspended Lynch for the first three games of the 2009 season after his guilty plea.

ESPN’s John Clayton told “Brock and Salk” on Tuesday that given Lynch’s previous run-ins with the law, the NFL could suspend him 4-6 weeks if this arrest leads to a charge. Clayton said Lynch likely won’t be suspended if he isn’t charged, and that having stayed out of trouble for three years works in his favor.

“I do think that the fact that he has been good for a number of years may minimize the extra penalties on this,” Clayton said, “but I still think what’s out there is 4-6 [weeks for a suspension].”

Lynch signed a four-year contract in March after rushing for a career-high 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. The contract is worth $31 million, including a guaranteed $18 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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