ESPN is reporting that Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will plead guilty to a lesser offense to resolve a driving under the influence charge that has been pending for nearly two years.

Lynch has agreed to plead guilty Friday in an Oakland, Calif., courtroom to the lesser charge of reckless driving, which will end his pending DUI case.

"We are resolving the case Friday by pleading to a wet reckless," said Ivan Golde, Lynch's attorney. "We have a strong case for trial and could win the case, but the last thing he needs is to go through a public trial.

"He's a Super Bowl champion, and he has endorsements pending. For a guy in his position, it just doesn't make any sense to go through a public trial. He has a lot at stake here. You know Marshawn. He's not a media guy. It wouldn't have been good for him to go through all that."

ESPN's Terry Blount reported Thursday:

Lynch also will receive two years of probation as part of the plea bargain, along with a monetary fine that will be determined by the judge.

Lynch, 27, was arrested in the early morning on July 14, 2012, by the California Highway Patrol after an officer allegedly observed him driving north on Interstate 880 in Oakland weaving in and out of lanes in a Ford van and nearly colliding with two cars.

Golde said Lynch recorded a .08 blood-alcohol level on the field sobriety test, the lowest level that is above the legal limit. Golde said in December that he planned to try the case but would leave the final decision to Lynch.

 

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