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Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - Page updated at 11:00 a.m.
Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch arrested in California on suspicion of DUI
By Danny O'Neil
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested early Saturday morning in Northern California on suspicion of DUI.
The arrest was made by the California Highway Patrol at 3:42, according to records.
Lynch, 26, is from Oakland. He was transported to Santa Rita jail, according to a report from the San Jose Mercury News. There was no indication if Lynch has been charged nor were further specifics of the arrest available.
The Seahawks are aware of Lynch's arrest, but there was no comment on the situation other than to say the team is gathering information.
Lynch could not be reached, and his agent did not immediately return a message left for him Monday night.
Lynch was acquired by Seattle in 2010 from Buffalo, and last season he became the first Seahawk in six years to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. He was named to the Pro Bowl as an alternate and played in the game as an injury replacement. In March, he signed a four-year, $31 million deal to return to the Seahawks.
Lynch was suspended for violating the league's personal conduct policy in 2009 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge. He missed the first three games of the season because of that suspension. There also was a well-publicized incident in Buffalo in 2008 when Lynch drove off after striking a pedestrian in Buffalo. He stated he did not realize he had struck anyone, and while he wasn't disciplined by the league, his driver's license was revoked after a court appearance.
The NFL commissioner generally does not suspend players for a first DUI offense, but Lynch's disciplinary record could also be a consideration for commissioner Roger Goodell, who controls the personal-conduct policy.
Lynch has not been charged. The Alameda County District Attorney's office still must review the case once the California Highway Patrol delivers its report of the incident. The DA will then decide whether to pursue charges.
The Seahawks concluded their offseason training last month, and players are not due back until the end of this month for training camp when the team's first practice is scheduled for July 28.
Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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