Former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Las Vegas on Tuesday morning, according to a police report. Through his attorneys, Lynch has denied driving under the influence.
Lynch faces a DUI charge and three other charges after police say they found him asleep in a parked car. Police said in their report that Lynch, 36, was asleep at the wheel of a car on a street north of the Las Vegas Strip near the Stratosphere hotel-casino around 7:30 a.m.
They said the vehicle, a black sport utility vehicle, was disabled, visibly tired and had a rim and tire missing from the driver’s front wheel. According to the report, the wheels on the rear driver’s side and the wheel and tire on the front passenger side were nearly torn off.
On Thursday, police released body camera footage from the arresting officers showing the interaction. It ended with one officer dragging Lynch out of the car by the arm before police handcuffed him.
Responding officers did not see Lynch driving the vehicle.
A Las Vegas police officer wrote in the arrest report that he recognized Lynch in the driver’s seat and that Lynch was sleeping at times when he was interviewed. Lynch’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, the report said, and the officer smelled alcohol on his breath and in the car. Lynch, who was wearing only one shoe, told police he had stolen the car but said he had not been drinking or using drugs.
Lynch was arrested around 8 a.m. after he refused to cooperate with police efforts to administer field sobriety tests, according to the report, which added that corrections officers detained him at the Las Vegas jail for a blood sample. Police said Lynch did not require medical attention.
In a statement, Lynch’s attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schoenfeld, contested the allegations.
“Marshawn was not pulled over for a DUI,” the attorneys said. “The better car was safely parked and not running. We are confident that when all the evidence is presented, it will not be a DUI under Nevada law. Marshawn appreciates and is grateful for everyone’s concern and support. “
According to Las Vegas Municipal Court records, Lynch was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence, as well as failure to produce safety documents, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving in the travel lane. He was released after posting $3,381 bail.
Lynch was selected in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft and amassed 85 rushing touchdowns and over 10,000 rushing yards over 12 seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Seahawks and Oakland Raiders. He is best remembered for his six-season tenure in Seattle from 2010-15, where he won a Super Bowl, earned four Pro Bowl selections and earned the nickname, Beast Mode, while playing against the New Orleans Saints. 2010 NFC wild-card playoff round.
He last played football in 2019, and the NFL Players Association last October named Lynch its first brand ambassador, helping current players on how to manage money and marketing.
Lynch’s court date is set for Dec. 7, according to online records.