OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair’s driving under the influence by consent charge was dismissed this morning in Nashville, Tenn., an outcome predicted by his attorney Monday.
McNair’s misdemeanor case was automatically thrown out by the presiding judge because McNair’s brother-in-law, Jamie Cartwright, accepted a plea bargain in his DUI case and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving.
Cartwright was sentenced to six months of jail time with all but two days suspended, six months of supervised probation, a $350 fine and was required to complete an alcohol safety course. That brokered deal is identical to the one that was discussed during a May 30 pretrial settment conference, but wasn’t executed until today.
"I’m glad it’s over," McNair told reporters during a brief interview while exiting the courthouse.
McNair and Cartwright were arrested May 9 in Nashville when Cartwright was pulled over for allegedly driving 45 mph in a 35-mph zone. He refused to take a Breathalyzer exam, failed a field sobriety test, exhibited a "strong odor of alcohol" and "red, glassy eyes," and acknowledged that he had drunk a few beers, according to a police report.
Because Cartwright was driving McNair’s silver 2003 Dodge pickup truck, McNair was charged under a Tennessee ordinance that prohibits a vehicle owner from knowingly allowing someone who’s inebriated to drive their car.
McNair is a former Co-NFL Most Valuable Player and a three-time Pro Bowl selection who helped the Ravens achieve a franchise-best 13-3 record and claim an AFC North title last season.
The Ravens report to training camp in Westminster on July 29.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.