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NFL player arrested on suspicion of DUI in Alameda County

When a person in Alameda County or anywhere in the United States is accused of drunk driving, the charge alone can have a negative impact on a person's future, especially if it hits local media outlets. As readers can imagine, the issue becomes that much more stressful when charges are filed against a well-known individual and the reports are spread across the country.

Recently, a former Oakland Tech football player was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Marshawn Lynch, who currently plays for the Seattle Seahawks, was reportedly arrested during a traffic stop on Interstate 880 in Oakland. Police say the NFL player was cooperative and submitted to a blood test after being arrested. Police did not report what Lynch's blood-alcohol level was measured at, but they claim it was over the 0.08 limit.

Lynch was apparently in Oakland to award a scholarship to a high school graduate as part of his Fam 1st Family Foundation. After his arrest, the 26-year-old was taken to jail, cited and released.

Although the NFL player is considered innocent until proven guilty, the news of the charge against him can have negative implications for his career. A conviction can lead to legal consequences as well as being reprimanded by the NFL. According to a news report, a DUI incident does not fall under the league's personal-conduct policy, but it does fit under the substance-abuse policy. The policy reportedly states that first-time drunk driving offenders will typically be fined two game checks as long as the circumstances are not considered 'aggravating.'

Source: Mercury News, "NFL star, Oakland Tech grad Marshawn Lynch arrested on suspicion of DUI," Daniel M. Jimenez, July 17, 2012

Source: NBC Sports, "Lynch officially charged with DUI," Mike Florio, July 18, 2012

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