Los Angeles Rams safety TJ McDonald faces DUI charges

September 24, 2016

TJ McDonald faces DUI charges

T.J. McDonald, an American football safety for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League, was charged with non-alcohol related DUI in September.

Last Friday, just after the Rams finished their training session, LA Prosecutor’s Office officially announced that they are filing charges against McDonald. The decision is tied to his arrest earlier this year in May, when the car he was driving collided with a parked vehicle in the 22900 block of Gershwin Drive, Woodland Hills area, Los Angeles. Mr. McDonald didn’t flee the scene of the accident and waited for the police to arrive. Officers questioned him at the location of the accident and took him to the police station. After completing the investigation, law enforcement officers concluded that McDonald was driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance other than alcohol.

LAPD Public Information Officer declared, the symptoms of drug intoxication were found in McDonald’s blood. The type of drug, McDonald has presumably used, is not yet defined.  As specified in California VEHICLE CODE SECTIONS 23152-23229.1, it is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any drug to drive a vehicle. A drug can be an illegal substance or a legally prescribed medication that causes an impairment. Even if a person was legally entitled to take the drugs, it can not be used as a legal defense for driving while impaired.  There might be some circumstances when the allegedly intoxication drug or substance is found in person’s body, but it no longer has an intoxicating effect. If that happens, there is a valid defense that the driver was not driving under the influence of drugs. To defend against such an accusation, the accused can ask for additional tests and an expert opinion to testify whether the defendant has any signs of impairment. Because the burden to prove a crime is on the sate, it is the state’s responsibility to prove impairment.

The state brought charges of misdemeanor violation of the law against Mr. McDonald and if he is proven guilty, he could face up to a maximum punishment of 6 months in county jail and 1000$ in fines for driving under the influence of drugs.

Mr. McDonald was let out on bail on the day of arrest. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Van Nuys on October 7, 2016.

Mr. McDonald didn’t commented on accident, but he acknowledged his involvement in a car accident. It’s still not clear whether he will be suspended from playing for the Rams. In their statement to the press the Rams claimed it was not the right time to comment on the case that is still under investigation and there is no legal resolution yet.

McDonald is having a challenging period. He injured his shoulder last season and had to undergo a surgery. He was moved to injured reserve and missed all off-season activities. He joined the team workouts only at the end of July. The team were behind McDonald throughout the summer, even though the decision on charges hadn’t been reached. His coach admitted McDonald was in good form and showed wonderful results during the game with San Francisco 49ers on September 15.

J. McDonald was selected by the Rams in the third round, with the 71st overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft. He started in the 11 of the team’s first 12 games in 2015 when the Los Angeles Rams played in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri, and missed the final four because of his shoulder injury. The Rams are representing Los Angeles now, after almost 50 years of relocating.

His father, Tim McDonald, played safety in the National Football League for thirteen seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. He is currently the defensive backs coach for the Buffalo Bills. His brother, Tevin William McDonald is also a safety playing for the Oakland Raiders.

 

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