Aaron Beasley, known for his exploits on the football field as a star defensive back for West Virginia University and a nine-season player in the National Football League, has been detained on suspicion of DUI, according to a police report. The report states that Morgantown police stopped Beasley on Earl L. Core Road in the vicinity of the on-ramp to I-68 at approximately 2:30 a.m. on the morning of June 27.
Police claim that they smelled a strong alcoholic odor emanating from Beasley's vehicle and that he exhibited slurred speech and bloodshot eyes; they further claim that they found an open beer bottle in the vehicle's cupholder. Beasley reportedly refused a preliminary breath test and was subsequently detained on DUI charges. His bond was set at $6000.
Penalties for drunk driving offenses in West Virginia are punishable by sentences that vary based on the offender's BAC. A DUI conviction on a BAC of .08 percent or more but less than .15 percent carries a sentence of up to six months imprisonment and a fine of up to $500, while a conviction on a BAC of .15 percent or greater is punishable by up to six months imprisonment and a fine of up to $1000.
A criminal defense lawyer in a case similar to this one would likely attempt to secure a plea bargain with the district attorney's office, especially given the physical evidence of the beer bottle and the defendant's documented refusal to take a breath test. A plea bargain might allow the defendant to receive a far lighter sentence than he or she could receive at trial.Source: West Virginia Legislature, "West Virginia Code"
Source: WV Metro News, "Former Mountaineer arrested on DUI charge", Dave Wilson, June 28, 2014