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Football player accepts plea deal in DUI case

Washington residents may know who Jeremy Lane is because he plays for the Seattle Seahawks football team. At about 2:21 a.m. he was pulled over while going eastbound on Interstate 90. The traffic stop occurred because an officer had clocked his vehicle at 80 miles per hour and because it was having trouble keeping its lane. When the trooper made contact with the vehicle, he noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the car.

A test revealed that he had 7.6 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood, which is higher than the five nanograms allowed by state law. Although his blood alcohol level was at .02 percent, the officer decided to take him into custody, and Lane reportedly told the trooper that he was high after being taken into custody. He said that he was heading home at the time of the traffic stop because to check on his home after an alarm went off.

Lane was originally charged with DUI, but he eventually entered a guilty plea on a reckless driving charge on March 26. As a result of the plea, he will have to serve 20 hours of community service or spend two days on a work crew. In exchange, his original sentence of 364 days in jail was suspended. Lane’s attorney said that he would opt for two days on the work crew.

In DUI cases, plea deals may allow individuals to avoid jail time in favor of community service. An attorney may use the fact that a driver has shown remorse for his or her actions as leverage to get a deal. However, a driver still has the option of taking a case to trial even if a deal is offered, and an attorney may represent that person in court.

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