Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dareus lands pre-trial program for Ala. felony charges


Buffalo Bills Marcel Dareus hasn't been vocal about much since his recent run-ins with the law, except that he's made efforts to put the incidences behind him and focus on football.

Wednesday, the 24-year-old got one step closer to those goals, as he was reportedly accepted into a pre-trial program for felony drug charges he's facing in Alabama.

According to Jeff Russo of WKBW in Buffalo, Dareus should be finished with the program within 30 days, an arrangement that includes court-ordered counseling. The program would give Dareus the chance to have the felony charges potentially dismissed.

Dareus was arrested in early May for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after being pulled over by state troopers for speeding. He applied for the pre-trial program two weeks ago, with coach Doug Marrone saying at the time that he is helping the former Sooner get through his legal woes, and that "he's dealing with a lot of personal issues, too."

The program will not have any bearing on Dareus' three misdemeanor driving charges stemming from a May 30 street racing incident in Hamburg, N.Y. Fellow teammate Jerry Hughes has also admitted to being a part of the alleged race, but no formal charges against him have been released.

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