McNair, brother-in-law face Tenn. hearing today

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May 30, 2007|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter

Steve McNair's pre-trial hearing on a driving under the influence-related charge will be held today in Nashville, Tenn., but it's the one involving the brother-in-law of the Ravens quarterback that could be more important.

Jamie Cartwright, who was driving McNair's truck when it was stopped by police May 9, will have his pre-trial hearing for DUI on the same docket as McNair today.

McNair's case is contingent on Cartwright's because it must be proved that Cartwright was drunk before McNair can be tried for being criminally negligent.

If Cartwright's case can be resolved today, there is a chance McNair's charge could be settled or dismissed. If the judge decides to proceed with the charges, McNair and Cartwright will receive their court dates today.

"Everybody is trying to get it resolved if possible so it doesn't interfere with Steve's appearances in Baltimore," said Roger May, McNair's attorney.

McNair was charged earlier this month with a little-known misdemeanor under a Tennessee law - commonly referred to as "DUI by consent" - that prohibits a vehicle owner from letting his vehicle be driven by someone who is inebriated.

Police pulled over McNair's silver 2003 Dodge pickup for speeding about a mile from McNair's Nashville home and arrested Cartwright after he failed a field sobriety test.

It is not known whether McNair will appear in court today because he is not obligated to do so. The Ravens begin their third offseason minicamp today.

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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