LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Former Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis has been acquitted of charges of driving while intoxicated in Fairfax County.
Davis entered a plea of not guilty during a court appearance Wednesday. The judge dismissed the case after finding police did not have enough cause to initiate a traffic stop, according to his attorney Mark Dycio.
Fairfax County Police charged Davis with first-offense Driving While Intoxicated with a blood alcohol content between .15 and .20 percent in February.
Under Virginia law, Davis would have faced a mandatory minimum five-day prison sentence and a fine of at least $250 if convicted.
Davis would also be required to have a breathalyzer device installed in his vehicle. The device prevents a vehicle’s engine from turning on if the driver has alcohol on their breath.
The commonwealth’s laws against impaired driving are considered among the strictest in the country.
Davis was taken into custody shortly before 4 p.m. on February 20 at the corner of Gallows Road and Leesburg Pike, near the popular Tysons Corner shopping mall.
A passerby called 911 to report that a man was slumped over inside a black Rolls-Royce on Gallows Road just prior to the intersection. When officers and medical personnel arrived at the scene it appeared the man was attempting to drive away, according to a Fairfax County Fire Department spokesperson.
Davis’ arrest came less than 24 hours after the NFL suspended him indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The USC-product, along with Trent Williams, was suspended for the final four games of the 2011 season after testing positive for marijuana on multiple occasions.
“For over two years, I’ve worked hard to eliminate marijuana from my life,” Davis said in comments distributed by the NFLPA following the latest suspension.
The tight end says he has not had a positive test for the drug since 2011 and the current suspension is the result of unknowingly ingesting a banned substance in a supplement.
Davis, an impending free agent, is not expected to return to the Redskins next season. He appeared in just 10 games (3 starts) last season after he was surpassed rookie Jordan Reed and recorded just 7 catches for 70 yards.
Davis said he plans to apply for reinstatement to the league in the fall.