McNair faces court date on charge in Tennessee

May 12, 2007|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter

Ravens quarterback Steve McNair is scheduled to go to court May 30 in Nashville, Tenn., for his driving under the influence-related charge. It will be a pre-trial session to determine if the case can be resolved before holding a preliminary hearing.

Late Wednesday, McNair was charged with a misdemeanor - commonly referred to as "DUI by consent" - as a vehicle's owner for letting it be driven by someone who is inebriated. He was released on $1,000 bond.

McNair's brother-in-law, Jamie Cartwright, 31, was driving McNair's pickup truck when police stopped it for going 45 mph in a 35-mph zone in Nashville. McNair was a passenger in the vehicle.

Cartwright was arrested on a charge of drunken driving after failing a field sobriety test and refusing to take a Breathalyzer test, police said.

Roger May, McNair's lawyer, said he is unsure whether a settlement can be reached May 30.

"Mr. McNair is a victim of a unique law," May said. "He didn't do anything wrong."

The Ravens are scheduled to begin their third voluntary minicamp May 30. Their only full-team camp runs June 5-7.

There is no timetable for any possible disciplinary action against McNair by the NFL.

In May 2003, McNair was arrested in Nashville on charges of driving under the influence and illegal gun possession. A judge dismissed the charges, saying police had insufficient reason to pull him over.

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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