Seattle Seahawks running back, Marshawn Lynch.
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OAKLAND, CA - Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested over the weekend in Oakland on suspicion of driving under the influence.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, Lynch was detained during a traffic stop by the California Highway Patrol on Saturday night, and his blood-alcohol level was found to be over the legal limit of 0.08.
A highway patrol spokesman said Lynch was cooperative, consenting to the blood test once he was custody.
Lynch was cited for two misdemeanor charges, driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit.
The five-year veteran, who went to nearby Oakland Tech High School and the University of California, was released on his own recognizance. Lynch was in town last week to award a scholarship to a recent high school graduate through his charitable foundation.
Lynch set career highs with 1,204 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns this past season for Seattle. The Seahawks rewarded him with a four-year, $31 million contract in March.
However, the Skittles-loving back is no stranger to brushes with the law. As a member of the Buffalo Bills in 2008, Lynch pleaded guilty to "failing to exercise due care toward a pedestrian" for unknowingly striking a woman with his car outside a Buffalo bar. His license was revoked in that case.
In 2009, Lynch was suspended three games after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge in Culver City, Calif.