Seahawks’ Lynch has DUI motion continued

eric.williams@thenewstribune.comMay 23, 2013 

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had a court date on Wednesday for a motion to suppress evidence in Alameda (Calif.) County Court, regarding charges filed against him, alleging he was driving under the influence of alcohol last July.

According to Teresa Drenick, assistant district attorney for the Alameda County District Attorney’s office, the motion to suppress was continued to July 5.

No trial date has been set.

Lynch, 26, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol in the early morning of Saturday, July 14, when a police officer observed him driving north on Interstate 880 in Oakland, weaving in and out of lanes in a white Ford van, and nearly colliding with two cars.

After failing a preliminary sobriety test, Lynch was taken into custody and transported to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office’s north county jail in Oakland. Lynch submitted to a alcohol monitoring breath test, which came back positive that his blood-alcohol content level was over the state’s legal limit of 0.08.

The Alameda County District Attorney’s office filed charges against Lynch for driving under

the influence of alcohol on July 18.

Lynch pleaded not guilty to the charge in Alameda County Superior Court last August.

Lynch was a no-show on the first day of organized team activities for the Seahawks this week. However, the former Cal player did attend Phase II of the Seahawks’ offseason training program, and coach Pete Carroll said he looked in shape and ready to go.

“This is voluntary,” Carroll said, when asked about Lynch not being at practice this week. “That’s what the rules and guidelines are all set up to be. Chris Clemons is rehabbing and he is not here, and Marshawn is not here. We miss him and we’d like him to be here. This is a lot of fun, and there is a lot of good stuff happening here.

“He came in 10 days ago and he’s in very good shape. He’s working in a very intense program in his area and he’s benefitting from it.”

TRUFANT CHARITY ROBBED

A U-haul truck of football memorabilia and supplies from a charity auction for the Trufant Family Foundation was stolen Sunday morning from a hotel parking lot in South Renton, police said Wednesday.

The truck was found in the area of Lake Desire, between Renton and Maple Valley, but its cargo from the event the night before was gone.

The “Dress to Impress” gala was a fundraiser for the foundation started by former Seahawks cornerback and Tacoma native Marcus Trufant in 2003 that supports youth programs and aims to help disadvantaged youths “realize their dreams,” according to the foundation’s website.

Trufant signed this offseason to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars after 10 seasons in Seattle.

URLACHER RETIRES

Star linebacker Brian Urlacher says he’s retiring after spending 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears.

The eight-time Pro Bowl selection announced his retirement through social media accounts Wednesday, saying “after spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire.”

In March, he and the Bears were unable to reach a contract agreement and he became a free agent.

CRABTREE HAS SURGERY

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree had surgery to repair a torn right Achilles tendon on Wednesday, one day after suffering the injury during an organized team activity.

Coach Jim Harbaugh would not speculate when Crabtree – who led the team with career highs last season of 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns – might return to play, but the injury is not necessarily season ending.

EXTRA POINTS

Bruce Tollner, the agent for first-round draft pick Star Lotulelei, says his client has signed a four-year contract with the Carolina Panthers. … Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith has chosen hip-hop star Jay-Z’s new sports agency – Roc Nation Sports – to represent him.

Staff writer Alexis Krell and the Associated Press contributed to this report. Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 eric.williams@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks

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