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July 8, 2008 11:51 AM

The fine print of Lofa Tatupu's guilty plea

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Lofa Tatupu pleaded guilty to driving under the influence for his offseason DUI arrest. José Miguel Romero reported the story in today's paper, which is linked right here. Tatupu will serve one day in jail and have the remaining 364 days of his sentence suspended and he will be on probation for five years, said Sarah Roberts, the Kirkland prosecutor.

According to the terms of the sentence, he must not drive without a valid license, must have no criminal law violations and was ordered not to refuse an officer's request for a breath test if there is reasonable suspicion. Also, Tatupu's license will be suspended for 90 days and he is ordered to comply with the Department of Licensing regarding any order for an ignition interlock system.

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Posted by pattapit

12:07 PM, Jul 08, 2008

finally... something new! THANK GOD...

Posted by pattapit

12:08 PM, Jul 08, 2008

that could have ended wayyyyy worse

Posted by Joe Renton

3:29 PM, Jul 08, 2008

Jail? On the first offense? He needs a new lawyer.

Posted by Tom

4:32 PM, Jul 08, 2008

He got jail and the ignition lock not because he was drunk but becasue he was over .15

Posted by Funkadelic

6:03 PM, Jul 08, 2008

i was .213 and didn't get ignition lock, got my day in jail counted by doing 24 hours community service and never lost my license. He definitely needs a new lawyer.

Posted by SE IA Hawk

10:48 AM, Jul 09, 2008

Good lord! They threw the damn book at him. That seems harsh for a first time.

Posted by 12thmanforlife

11:52 AM, Jul 09, 2008

He said he didn't want any special treatment and that's exactly what he got. I am proud of him for the way he has handled this situation. He stepped up and was accountable for his actions and didn't try to use his status to get out of it. I can't wait till the season starts, so I can proudly wear my Tatupu jersey while I am in the stands as part of the 12th man

Posted by BRok

12:37 PM, Jul 10, 2008

Trippen> TATUPU is still our guy he made a mistake and took it. no need to apologize hes still our guy and hes gunna have a pro bowl year this year. GO HAWKS

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