North Carolina Traffic Stop Leads to DWI Charge
Carolina Panther Dwayne Jarrett has to make new plans for Sunday. He will not be suiting up for the game against the Bears. Carolina released the wide-receiver on October 6, 2010. Jarrett was pulled over by law enforcement on October 5, 2010 around 2 a.m. A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer stopped Jarrett for suspicion of speeding on Highway 77 in Charlotte, North Carolina. After the traffic stop, police believe that the receiver was driving while impaired.
Bob Fey, a spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the receiver refused to take a breath test. Jarrett apparently submitted to a blood test. Toxicology results of the blood test reportedly will not be returned for a few weeks. Jarrett reportedly was released on 00 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for October 13, 2010, at the Mecklenburg County District Court.
Jarrett was previously arrested in a Charlotte suburb in 2008. In that incident, law enforcement claimed he crossed the center line and ran a red light before being pulled over. His blood alcohol content in 2008 reportedly measured .12 . He pleaded guilty to driving while impaired in 2008.
Jarrett had to participate in the National Football league’s substance abuse program after his 2008 conviction. The league could order a suspension if Jarrett is convicted in the current proceeding. Panthers general manager Marty Hurney reportedly wished Jarrett the best when the two spoke concerning Jarrett’s release from the team. It is unclear if the arrest was a factor in Jarrett’s release.
In the current court case Jarrett is presumed innocent. In a criminal case the prosecutor will have to prove Jarrett’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt before any consequences can be imposed.
Source: Associated Press, “Panthers release Dwayne Jarrett after DWI arrest,” Mike Cranston, 6 Oct 2010