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Fairley to Plead Not Guilty on DUI, Eluding Police Charges

The attorney for Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley said Wednesday he electronically filed an appearance on Fairley’s behalf for his arraignment set for 9:30 a.m. EST Thursday in Mobile, Ala, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Fairley faces misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and attempting to elude police in connection with his May 27 arrest outside Mobile. Alabama State troopers say Fairley passed a police car on I-10 at 1:13 a.m. traveling 100 m.p.h. in a Cadillac Escalade.

Fairley’s attorney, Sid Harrell, said his client will plead not guilty and expects to hear a trial date in Mobile County District Court, set by Judge George Hardesty within 30-45 days. Harrell admitted it was too early to know whether a plea deal could be reached.

“I’ve not seen everything,” Harrell said. “I still haven’t talked to the troopers. I don’t know every fact. It’s still in an investigative stage.”

Fairley also was issued traffic citations for reckless driving, no proof of insurance and an open container.

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