MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) It's back to the drawing board for pro football player Nick Fairley, who is fighting a DUI arrest in Mobile court.
Attorney's for the Detroit Lions and former Auburn and Williamson star claimed they had a plea deal with an assistant DA to let Fairley go into a DUI diversion program. That prosecutor said there was never a deal.
Thursday morning, Judge Stewart said that because of a previous arrest on pot possession that was dismissed, Fairley didn't officially qualify for the DUI school.
Fairley said nothing as he left the courtroom, actually sprinting to the elevator at one point. His attorney's said they pleaded guilty to the charge just to get him into the DUI program, and did that with the blessing of prosecutors. That prosecutor said they were mistaken.
The judge said she did some research and discovered that there are several people in that DUI program with previous arrests, just like Fairley. But because the Da's office said they never agreed on a deal, the judge can't either.
So what happens next? Thursday, Fairley's attorneys withdrew that DUI guilty plea and say they'll start over and fight the charge from the beginning, a charge that Fairley was driving 100 miles per hours while intoxicated.
The case now goes back to the District Court docket, and will probably be set for three to four weeks from now.