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No decision yet on charges against Seahawks' Lynch

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By John Boyle
Herald Writer
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  • Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested early Saturday morning in California on suspicion of driving under the influence.

    Associated Press

    Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested early Saturday morning in California on suspicion of driving under the influence.

SEATTLE — Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was weaving from lane to lane on California's Interstate 880 prior to his arrest early Saturday morning, and showed “objective signs of intoxication” during several field sobriety tests, according to a police report released Tuesday.
The California Highway Patrol incident report shed more light on Lynch's arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence. The arrest was first reported Monday.
According to the report, a Highway Patrol officer observed a white Ford Econoline van weaving in traffic on I-880 North in Oakland about 3:20 a.m. The report also noted that the van had “two near collisions with two other vehicles traveling within adjacent traffic lanes” before being pulled over.
The officer pulled over the vehicle, and the driver, identified as Lynch by a California driver's license, “displayed objective signs of intoxication and performance during multiple field sobriety tests,” according to the report. The officer then concluded that Lynch was an impaired driver, arrested him and transported him to the Alameda County Sheriff's Department North County Jail, where he was booked without incident and later released.
The case now will be reviewed by the Alameda County District Attorney's office to see if charges will be filed against Lynch, who has a preliminary court date scheduled for Aug. 14, according to the Associated Press.
If Lynch is charged, the NFL could suspend him and leave the Seahawks playing multiple games without their Pro Bowl running back, who signed a four-year contract extension in March.
Lynch has served one other suspension during his career, missing three games in 2009 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge.
In 2008, Lynch had his license revoked for hitting a pedestrian while driving on a Buffalo street then failing to stop. In that case, Lynch, who said he did not know he had hit the woman, was not charged with a crime
Herald Writer John Boyle: jboyle@heraldnet.com.
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