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DUI charge against McNair dropped

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -The drunken-driving charge against Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair was dropped Tuesday because a related DUI charge against his brother-in-law was reduced to reckless driving.

"It's good. I'm glad it's over," McNair said as he left the court room.

When asked whether he would change how he handles himself when he goes out at night, McNair did not answer.

The Ravens had no immediate comment.

McNair was a passenger when Nashville police stopped his pickup truck May 9 for speeding. The former Tennessee Titan was charged because police said McNair allowed his vehicle to be driven by someone who was inebriated, brother-in-law Jamie Cartwright.

Cartwright refused to take a breath test and was charged with drunken driving. Police said he acknowledged drinking two beers, smelled of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test. Cartwright will serve two days in jail within a month, pay a $350 fine and attend DUI school.

Because Cartwright's DUI charge was dropped with his plea bargain, the charge against McNair was dismissed.

A woman who got on the courthouse elevator with McNair recognized the quarterback and started taking pictures with her camera phone.

The player's lawyer, Roger May, said his client in this case "tried to do the right thing, what he thought was the right thing in this situation, without knowing that it was a violation of Tennessee law." May said McNair is now clear on Tennessee's DUI laws.

"He is not an individual I think will be in trouble again," May said.

McNair was arrested on DUI charges once before in Nashville in 2003, when he also was charged with illegal gun possession. But a judge dismissed those charges a year later, ruling police didn't have sufficient reason to pull over McNair.

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) rushes during an NFL football game between the between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit)

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