State Patrol report: Seahawks' Lane had been smoking pot before arrest
BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Seahawks' cornerback Jeremy Lane was arrested for suspicion of DUI early Sunday morning for a combination of marijuana and alcohol use, the driving a state trooper observed and how the football player did on a field sobriety test, a report shows.
The State Patrol report says that Lane was stopped about 2 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 90 on Mercer Island. He was driving his 2006 Dodge Charger with its hazard lights on and was going 80 mph in a 60-mph zone, the report says. He also made several lane changes.
Lane later told a trooper that he had the hazard lights on because his home alarm system had been triggered and that he was trying to get home.
Trooper Matthew Mason wrote that "there was a strong odor of burnt marijuana" inside Lane's car. "Lane's speech was slurred and slow, and his eyes were bloodshot and watery."
Lane told the trooper that he had had nothing to drink but had smoked marijuana three hours earlier.
A breath tests showed a blood-alcohol limit of .039, below the legal limit of .08.
Lane latter said he didn't want people "thinking he was drunk," the report says.
Mason said Lane then said, "This time I was more high than anything."
Among the three field sobriety tests, Lane was asked to lift one leg, then count.
"While Lane counted out loud, I noticed that he skipped from 11 to 13, then back to 12, the forward to 14," Mason wrote in his report. "Around the time he had counted to 20, Lane began to lose his balance and leaned heavily to his right, eventually placing his foot down and stumbling while regaining his balance."
Mason said he was unaware that Lane was a professional football player and that the Seahawk made only oblique references to sports. At one point, he told the trooper that he had broken his arm in the Super Bowl, the report says.
The trooper also responded in his report to comments Lane made on twitter. "A fail DUI is 0.08 right? I blew 0.03 why was still arrest!!! I'll Leave it at that," he said a tweet that was later deleted.
But Mason said he explained to Lane several times that he was arrested because of his driving, his performance on the sobriety test and his admission to smoking marijuana "lead me to believe that he was impaired by a combination of alcohol and marijuana."
After being arrested, Lane was taken to Overlake Hospital for blood draws.
Lane was released from jail Sunday morning on $1,000 bail.