For the second time in one month, Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was arrested after being pulled over.
The first arrest occurred in early May, when Dareus was pulled over for speeding in Alabama and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after police searched his vehicle.
Then, according to a Hamburg, N.Y., police press release, on May 30 Dareus was travelling at high speeds along with another car near a local shopping mall.
At some point during the alleged drag race, Dareus’s white Jaguar went off the roadway near the entrance of a Mongolian Buffet, proceeded over the grass, and then into a parking lot before striking a tree in front of the restaurant. Dareus’ car and the tree were both substantially damaged.
As a result, Dareus was arrested and charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment, participating in an illegal speed contest—all misdemeanor crimes—along with traffic violations, according to police.
Reckless driving has become a particularly popular charge among NY police officers. Since there is no set definition of what specific behavior constitutes “reckless driving,” police tend to take an expansive view and leave it to the courts to narrow it down.
It appears, however, that if the State can prove Dareus was drag racing and he did, in fact, go off the road, onto grass, through a parking lot and into a tree, based on the cases we’ve seen in which reckless driving convictions were upheld, he is likely to be found guilty on this charge (unless, of course, he is offered and accepts a plea bargain for a lesser charge).
But we’ve had clients charged with reckless driving for much less—and have gotten their cases reduced or dismissed. In the event that you are charged with Reckless Driving in New York, contact The Rosenblum Law Firm at 1-888-815-3649 and speak to one of our experienced attorneys for a free consultation on the best way to defend you against this serious charge.