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Brandon Meriweather Pleads No Contest To Lesser Charge In DUI Case

by Chuck Carroll
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ARLINGTON, Va. (CBSDC) — The DUI case against Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has been resolved.

Meriweather, who was originally charged with a DWI first offense on April 26, entered a no contest plea to an amended charge of reckless driving in Arlington County General Court on July 19.

Virginia law defines reckless driving as: “Irrespective of the maximum speeds permitted by law, any person who drives a vehicle on any highway recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person shall be guilty of reckless driving.”

He was given a 180-day suspended jail sentence and fined $300. In addition, Meriweather was ordered to pay $81 in court fees.

Prosecutors entered a nolle prosequi on a separate civil charge of refusing to submit to a blood or breath test against Meriweather. A nolle prosequi means those charges will not be currently pursued, but the prosecution reserves the right to re-file at a later date.

Refusal to submit to a breath or blood test when suspected of driving under the influence is a crime under Virginia’s implied consent law.

Police initially pulled over a Lincoln MKZ driven by Meriweather on westbound I-66 near North Ohio St. around 2:54 a.m. on May 26 for speeding.

The officer detected the odor of alcohol on Meriweather after approaching the vehicle.

Meriweather refused to take a breathalyzer and failed multiple filed sobriety tests on the scene. Police say he was given at least five tests.

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