NEW YORK (WNN) – New York Jets safety Marcus Mei is facing three misdemeanor charges following a DUI arrest following an alleged car crash in Florida in February.
Broward County Court records show that 28-year-old Mai was charged on February 22 with driving under the influence, DUI/damage to property, and leaving the scene of an accident in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A zoom hearing in the matter is to be held on October 20.
ESPN first reported the crash and allegations Monday night.
According to court documents, Mai is also facing a $30,000 “excess” civil lawsuit filed by the car’s driver.
The accident had not previously been publicly reported, and it is uncertain whether the Jets were made aware of the incident by Mei before Monday night. The team told the Associated Press that it would not comment because it is a pending legal matter.
Mai’s arrest may subject her to the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy and result in a suspension of protection. League spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed to the WNN that the NFL is reviewing the matter as part of its policies. Mei could also be subjected to discipline if she didn’t inform the Jets.
According to the police report, May was driving on the Florida Turnpike at 7:33 p.m. in a black 2018 Mercedes SUV when he allegedly hit the left side of a Volvo. Police found Mai alone in the driver’s seat on the side of the road north of the Volvo with damage to the front of her car that corresponded to damage to the rear of the Volvo.
The police officer wrote in the report that Mai was “unresponsive when approached and moving side to side” and “seemed to be unaware of what was happening.” The officer also wrote that Mai’s eyes appeared to be covered in blood, her speech was slurred and vomit was seen on the driver’s door and on the floor. Mai was also “slow to walk and had a knack for her balance,” the officer wrote.
The report said Mai told the officer that he had not been drinking that night, and that the officer had smelled it two days earlier. However, Mei refused to give the breath sample and was arrested. He posted the bond in the amount of $1,500. Court documents say it was Mai’s first DUI offense.
No casualties were reported, but the Volvo driver, Jameela Abraham of Belle Glade, Florida, filed a civil suit.
Mai, in his fifth season with the Jets and the team’s longest-serving player, is currently incarcerated with an ankle injury. And a few more weeks are expected to be out. His agent, Eric Burkhart, tweeted last week that Mae “should be fully recovered just before the business deadline…” and added a handshake emoji.
This has fueled speculation that Mai could be settled in a contract dispute with the Jets by the NFL’s November 2 trade deadline.
Mei was elected captain of the team last season and was selected as the Jets’ MVP by his teammates. A second-round pick out of Florida in 2017, Maye was given the franchise tag by the Jets during the off-season and the sides were unable to reach an agreement on a long-term extension. He is playing this season on a franchise tag amount of $10.6 million.
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