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Monday, December 5, 2005
Updated: December 6, 8:19 AM ET
DUI charge against Lewis stems from September arrest

Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Seattle SuperSonics forward Rashard Lewis was charged Monday with drunken driving, resulting from an arrest on Interstate 90 in late September.
Rashard Lewis faces up to one year in jail and a 90-day license suspension if convicted as charged.

Lewis, 26, was driving one of five cars speeding eastbound together at about 3 a.m. on Sept. 30, Washington State Patrol Trooper Curt G. Boyle wrote in an investigation report filed in King County Superior Court. Boyle wrote that he tried to pull over all five vehicles, which were traveling at up to 84 mph, but only two stopped.

One, a 700-series BMW, was driven by Lewis, whose eyes were watery and speech was slurred, Boyle wrote. Lewis failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Mercer Island Police Department, where he registered a 0.132 and 0.122 on successive breath tests, Boyle said. The intoxication threshold in Washington is 0.08.

"I have been charged with a traffic offense involving alcohol. I have cooperated fully with the police during the investigation. Since the charge is pending, my attorney and I are working together to resolve this situation.In the meantime, I do not have any further comment and I look forward to the matter being resolved soon," Lewis said in a statement released by the team.

The driver of the other car that stopped, Gregory S. Stern, also has been charged with drunken driving, King County prosecutor's spokesman Dan Donohoe said.

Lewis, a forward who has scored 20 points in six consecutive games, faces a maximum year in jail, $5,000 fine and 90-day license suspension if convicted as charged.

"This incident happened before the season and we're looking forward to this matter being resolved soon," Seattle general manager Rick Sund added in the statement.