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Traffic stop leads to arrest of Seahawks player

A Washington state trooper discovered that Damontre Moore, a defensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks, had a suspended license after pulling his vehicle over for speeding. The traffic stop took place near Bellevue on Interstate 90 near Richards Road. The trooper reported that Moore's vehicle exceeded his speed, which was 81 mph at the time. He then recorded the football player's vehicle traveling 77 mph in a 60-mph zone.

Documents submitted to the court by the trooper added that Moore's car moved erratically while navigating around slower vehicles. A sobriety test administered to Moore produced a blood alcohol level of 0.087, barely over the legal limit of 0.08.

The trooper said that in addition to smelling alcohol in the vehicle the odor of marijuana was present. Moore said that another person had smoked the marijuana, but he admitted to having three drinks. Authorities charged the 24-year-old man with driving under the influence and operating a vehicle without a valid license.

Although incidents like this make the news when public figures are involved, authorities charge all types of people with drunk driving. Because these are criminal charges, a person has the right to obtain legal representation. An attorney could provide answers to important questions about the severity of the charges, potential penalties, and long-term consequences if a conviction results. To defend a person, an attorney might challenge the results of a sobriety test. Any errors in the methods used to test the person could provide reasons to get the evidence removed from the case.

Source: Komo News, "Seahawk lineman Damontre Moore charged with DUI", Dec. 29, 2016

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