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L.A. Rams player charged with DUI

Virginia football fans may be interested to learn that Los Angeles Rams center Aaron Neary was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving on Sept. 16. The incident took place in Simi Valley, California.

According to the Simi Valley Police Department, 911 dispatchers received several calls regarding a suspected drunk driver near Royal Avenue and Sinaloa Road beginning at 6:27 p.m. Witnesses said the vehicle in question was driving recklessly and had already smashed into multiple objects, including a mailbox, a trash can and a bus stop sign. The driver of the car failed to pull over following the accidents.

Responding officers executed a traffic stop on the vehicle near the intersection of El Monte Drive and El Lado Drive. The driver, 25-year-old Neary, was given a breathalyzer test and found to have a blood alcohol content limit of .17 percent, which is nearly twice California's legal limit of .08. He was arrested and taken to the East County Jail for processing. He has been charged with suspicion of misdemeanor DUI, hit and run and property damage.

If convicted, defendants facing drunk driving charges could be sentenced to jail, assessed heavy fines and lose their driving privileges. However, by working with a DUI defense attorney, a defendant may be able to fight the charges and protect his or her future. In some cases, an attorney could successfully challenge the results of a defendant's blood alcohol test. In other cases, legal counsel might recommend negotiating a plea deal with prosecutors. Under such a deal, a defendant could agree to forgo a trial and plead guilty. In return, prosecutors would agree to reduce the penalties.

Source: USA Today, "Rams center Aaron Neary arrested on suspicion of DUI", Yazmin Cruz, Sept. 17, 2018

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