National Football League (NFL) player and a Baltimore high school football standout Darrius Heyward-Bey is scheduled to appear in court on July 23 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol , according to reports.
NBC Sports reports that the Oakland Raiders receiver was told of his official trial date at a pre-hearing on July 5 by Judge Donna Little at Superior Court in San Francisco. The trial will be held at Dept. 17 at the Hall of Justice, unless the matter is resolved before the court date arrives.
Heyward-Bey was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on April 7; the arresting officer reported that Heyward-Bey’s blood alcohol test showed levels of 0.12 and 0.13, which are above the legal limit of 0.08, according to reports.
Heyward-Bey’s lawyer, Ivan Golde, told MercuryNews.com that there might be some procedural concerns related to the traffic stop and arrest.
“After investigating all the procedures and all the chain of events, it appears not everything was done according to the rule of law, and there may be some questions that need to go before a jury,” said Golde, according to MercuryNews.com.
The Raiders will start their official training camp for the oncoming season on July 29, just a week after what should be Heyward-Bey’s trial date.
“It’s a situation that we’re aware of and we’re monitoring,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said to MercuryNews.com. “We’ll see how the whole legal proceedings carry out and then we’ll kind of go from there.”
Heyward-Bey, who went to the McDonogh School in Owings Mill before studying at University of Maryland-College Park from 2005 through 2008, was drafted by the Raiders with the 7th overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft. He has caught 99 passes for six touchdowns in three seasons with the Raiders.