Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was found not guilty of driving under the influence in 2012 by a jury in Mobile County, Alabama, television station WKRG reported Friday.
The case had taken more than two years to reach trial but lasted less than three days between jury selection, both arguments and the jury’s deliberations. Initially, according to WKRG, the jury came back at an impasse, but Mobile County Circuit Court Judge Sarah Stewart sent them back for more deliberations.
Fairley was found guilty of reckless driving, according to WKRG, and will have to pay a $500 fine.
Fairley was driving 100 mph in his Cadillac Escalade at the time he was pulled over in May 2012. He did not take a Breathalyzer test at the time, and the state trooper on the scene said he had failed field sobriety tests. The trooper, according to AL.com, said Fairley had admitted to drinking and driving.
During the trial, Fairley’s girlfriend at the time, Fatima Alhassan, refuted the statement by the state trooper and said the cup of alcohol was hers and that Fairley had not had a drink in many hours prior to being pulled over, according to a report in AL.com.