ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Town of Hamburg judge will hear Marcell Dareus’ case two days after the Buffalo Bills’ season begins if the defensive tackle does not accept the plea deal on the table.
Dareus walked into Hamburg Town Court with dark sunglasses on Tuesday, walking past News 4’s camera, unfazed by the attention. The 24-year-old is charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving and participating in an illegal speed contest. If convicted of the most serious of the charge, reckless endangerment, he could face a year in jail.
Police say Dareus was speed racing when he lost control of his white Jaguar and crashed outside a restaurant on Milestrip Road in May. Officers believe he was racing his teammate, Jerry Hughes, when he crashed. Hughes has not been charged in connection to the crash.
The Erie County District Attorney’s office has offered Dareus a deal in which he pleads guilty to reckless driving – a misdemeanor that carries a maximum of 30 days in jail. Dareus did not accept the deal in court Tuesday, but he and his lawyer have time to consider it.
If they do not accept the plea deal, his trial is scheduled for September 9, two days after the Bills’ first game.
Weeks before the crash, Dareus was charged with felony drug possession in Alabama. His lawyer has said there are plea discussions in that case.