Seattle’s “Beast Mode” running back Marshawn Lynch has been officially charged with a DUI today, after being arrested this weekend in his hometown of Oakland.
Alameda County district attorney confirmed today on NFL.com and NFL Network that the star running back will have his arraignment set for August 14th.
The California Highway Patrol’s report that was released stated that Lynch had been “weaving a Ford Econoline van between lanes and nearly collided with surrounding traffic” before being pulled over and arrested. Ivan Golde, Lynch’s attorney, stated that on the scene of the arrest Lynch blew a .8 BAC, which is the legal limit in California, but upon retesting in jail, he had blown above .8 BAC. These facts could not be confirmed and no other details were allowed to be released.
This isn’t Lynch’s first brush with the law however. He had already has his license revoked in 2008 after failing to drive with “due caution” and striking a 27-year-old woman with his car and continued to drive. Lynch had also been accused of “sexual assault” by a former girlfriend in 2006, but due to a lack of evidence, the chargers were dropped. He was also arrested in 2009, just days after his Pro Bowl appearance for a misdemeanor gun charge. These charges had the running back suspended for three games. Lynch’s demons had since been quieted down upon his arrival to Seattle, until this last weekend.
This is a tough break for Seattle. Lynch came of his own record-breaking career rushing for over 1,200 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns. His performance in the tail end of the season really helped to boost the Seahawks above their self-defeating start. Due to his amazing game time feats, Lynch was rewarded a four-year deal for $31 million dollars. Due to a back problem he had sustained during warm ups, Lynch sat out during the week 5 match up against the Cleveland Browns. With him missing, Seattle managed three points and had a combined total of 68 yards on the ground by Leon Washington (39 yds), Justin Forsett (23 yds), and then quarterback Charlie Whitehurst (6 yds). Although the Seahawks picked up Robert Turbin in this years draft, who is said to be able to match Lynch’s speed and power in the back field, Seattle can ill afford to lose their star “Skittles” back at this early in the season.
The league is not sure whether they will lump Lynch’s previous legal run-ins with this DUI charge, which will undoubtedly be followed with a suspension, or leave it by itself. The fact remains, Seattle may be up a creek if things don’t get settled before Lynch is expected to take the field this 2012 season.