LAS VEGAS (AP) — 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 because he was suspected of driving while intoxicated, according to an arrest report released Thursday.
Lynch’s attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, responded in a statement that Lynch’s car was “safely parked and not running” when police arrived early Tuesday and a impaired driving charge drunk will not hold.
“Marshawn has not been arrested for a DUI,” the statement said. “We are confident that when all the evidence is presented, it will not be a DUI under Nevada law.”
The arresting officer, Kevin Barker, reported that Lynch’s black 2020 Shelby GT500 was “undriveable”, with one front wheel missing and the rear driver and front passenger side wheels badly damaged.
The arrest report says investigators found marks suggesting the vehicle “hit some sidewalks” before coming to a stop in an industrial section of downtown Las Vegas not far from Main Street.
“The driver slept behind the wheel with the driver’s door open, leaning back in the seat,” the report said, “with bloodshot, watery eyes and had one shoe and shoe removed.”
Tuesday’s arrest at 7.30am came the morning after the Seattle Seahawks – the team for which Lynch played most of his 12 NFL seasons – announced that Lynch had been hired as a special broadcast correspondent .
Lynch also played for the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders.
The arrest report says Lynch, 36, did not cooperate with officers and fell asleep multiple times during questioning. Jail officers “had to use a restraint chair to force a blood draw” after a judge issued a warrant, according to the report.
Lynch was later released from Las Vegas City Jail pending a Dec. 7 court date in Las Vegas City Court.
The results of his blood test were not immediately made public. Nevada law prohibits driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or higher.
Court records show Lynch entered a plea of no contest for misdemeanor vehicle parking charges and was fined $750 in April in a case that saw charges of failing to report or staying on the Discarded accident scene.
Schonfeld, who represented Lynch in the case, declined to comment Thursday on the matter.
Lynch’s attorneys said in their statement that he “appreciates and is grateful for everyone’s interest and support.”
Lynch had 10,413 career rushing yards and 85 touchdowns from 2007-19 and was a five-time Pro Bowl pick. He won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks in 2013.