San Diego, CA- Former Seattle Seahawk Jerramy Stevens is legal hot water after he was arrested and charged with DUI late Monday night while his wife, Olympian Hope Solo, was in the car.
Stevens, who played for the Seahawks between 2002 and 2007, was pulled over by a Manhattan Beach police officer late Monday night. It turns out Stevens was driving at night without his headlights on so police stopped him.
Police suspect Stevens was intoxicated, but he refused to submit to a breath test. That didn’t stop police for arresting him though; they simply got a warrant for chemical test and took Stevens into custody anyway.
Known for her fiery temperament, Solo was “acting belligerent” towards police during her husband’s arrest, TMZ Sports reports. She apparently whipped out her cell phone and began recording police and both of them tried to pull the fame card on police, TMZ reported, citing police sources who describe the couple as a “major pain.”
Stevens posted a $5,000 bond and was freed. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 19, according to the Los Angeles Times.
This is not the first time Stevens have been in trouble with the law, or Solo for that matter. In 2012, Stevens was arrested for suspicion of assaulting Solo when the two were engaged. Those charges were dropped and the couple married despite the incident.
Last year, Solo was accused of assaulting her sister and a nephew.
Just so you know, when it comes to driving while intoxicated, police could care less whether a person is a famous actor, a rock star or a professional athlete. There top priority is to ensure the streets are safe and that means taking drunken or drugged drivers off the road no matter how famous or rich they are.
Also, refusing a breath test won’t keep a person from being arrested for driving under the influence. California, like many other states, has an implied consent law. Such a law allows police to arrest and charge a person for refusing a sobriety test which in California calls for a mandatory one year suspension of a person’s driver’s license.
In California, a DUI charge has numerous consequences that will affect an offender’s life and wallet. A conviction for a first-time DUI carries a minimum penalty of four days in jail up to six months. A conviction will cost a person thousands of dollars in fines, fees and increased insurance premiums.
If you have been charged with a DUI, you need a California DUI attorney working on your case. Avoiding a DUI conviction is possible, but you need an outstanding defense strategy. If the evidence is piling up against you, a strong defense is your best bet to avoid the harsher penalties associated with a DUI charge.
A DUI conviction can change your life for the worse. Don’t let one mistake make your life miserable, contact a San Diego DUI attorney to discuss the best way for your to handle your case.