OAKLAND -- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was weaving across lanes of traffic on northbound Interstate 880 before his arrest Saturday morning on suspicion of drunken driving, according to the California Highway Patrol.
It was about 3:20 a.m. when a California Highway Patrol officer spotted a 2012 Ford van driven by Lynch, rambling across the northbound lanes of Interstate 880 in Oakland, CHP Officer Sam Morgan said.
The officer flashed his lights and Lynch took the first available freeway exit at Ashby Avenue, stopping at 67th and Shellmound streets off Interstate 80 in Emeryville, Morgan said.
There was no one else in the vehicle and CHP did not find out where Lynch, a former Oakland Tech and Cal football star, had been before the arrest, Morgan said.
The five-year NFL veteran was given a preliminary blood alcohol test at the scene and a breath test at North County Jail in Oakland, where he was cited and released, Morgan said. Throughout the arrest Lynch was cooperative and noncombative with the officer, Morgan added.
Lynch's blood alcohol level was over the .08 percent legal limit, Morgan said, but the CHP is prohibited from releasing the specific level while the investigation is active.
The Alameda County District Attorney's office is awaiting the police report and will make a final decision on what charges to file before Lynch's scheduled Aug. 14 court hearing, Deputy district attorney Teresa Drenick said
Lynch, 26, had attended a bowling event in Albany Friday night and managed to make a scheduled appearance the following morning -- hours after the DUI arrest -- at a football camp held at his former high school in Oakland. Both events were organized by a Bay Area charity Lynch cofounded in 2006, according to a spokeswoman for the charity.
Currently, a running back for the Seattle Seahawks, Lynch founded the Fam 1st Family Foundation in 2006 with fellow Oakland Tech graduate and 49ers quarterback Joshua Johnson. The foundation's goal is "to improve the lives of children by mentoring them on the importance of education, literacy and self-esteem," according to its website.
Lynch was in Oakland last week to award a scholarship to recent high school graduates through the foundation.
The All-American running back was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2010.
Lynch's drivers license was revoked in 2008 after he pleaded guilty to "failing to exercise due care toward a pedestrian." Lynch said he was unaware that he had struck a woman outside a Buffalo, N.Y., bar at 3:30 a.m.
Lynch, a two-time Pro Bowler, was also suspended for three games in the 2009 season after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge.
A call to the Seattle Seahawks was not immediately returned. In a statement, the team said they were "aware of the situation with Marshawn and still gathering information."
Lynch was the second Bay Area sports star to be arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated this weekend. The former Cal basketball star Jason Kidd, who was raised in Oakland, was arrested early Sunday morning near his home in Southampton, N.Y., after police said he crashed his car into a telephone pole.
Kidd had signed a contract with the New York Knicks only a few days before his arrest.