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According to Las Vegas Police, former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch was asleep and smelled of alcohol when they found him in his damaged sports car. Soon after, he would be arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to an arrest report made public Thursday.
Per AP News, Lynch’s attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, responded in a statement that his car “was safely parked and not in operation” when police arrived early Tuesday and plan to fight the driving while intoxicated charge.
“Marshawn was not pulled over for a DUI,” the statement said. “We are confident that when all evidence is presented, this will not be a DUI under Nevada law.”
Las Vegas PD claims Marshawn Lynch was uncooperative throughout arrest.
The arresting officer, Kevin Barker, reported that Lynch’s black 2020 Shelby GT500 was “undriveable,” with one missing front wheel and the rear driver’s side and front passenger wheels badly damaged.
The arrest report said investigators found markings suggesting the vehicle “hit sidewalk areas” before stopping in an industrial section of downtown Las Vegas not far from Main Street.
“The driver was asleep 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 on and one shoe off.”
The 7:30 a.m. Tuesday arrest 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 broadcast special correspondent. The arrest report said Lynch, 36, was uncooperative with officers and fell asleep several times during questioning. Jail officers “had to use a restraint chair to force a blood draw” after a judge issued a warrant, the report said.
Marshawn Lynch himself has yet to publicly address the matter. He was released from Las Vegas City Jail pending a Dec. 7 court date in Las Vegas Municipal Court.