Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Marcell Dareus will be in court once again on Tuesday, September 9, where he'll face charges stemming from an alleged May 30 street racing incident involving teammate Jerry Hughes. The date of his next appearance falls two days after the Bills' 2014 regular season opener, on the road against the Chicago Bears. Players are typically off on Tuesdays during the season.
Shawn Campbell, an intern at The Buffalo News, has the story from Dareus' appearance in Hamburg Town Court on Tuesday morning, adding that Dareus and his attorney turned down a plea deal in the hopes of working out a resolution in a little over two months. Short of that, the case could end up as a non-jury trial.
Dareus is facing seven charges from the street race, in which a vehicle he drove crossed a median and struck a tree outside of a restaurant. Three of those charges are misdemeanors, including reckless endangerment, participation in an illegal speed contest, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. Hughes was not charged for his role in the incident.
Last week, Dareus was reportedly accepted into a pre-trial intervention program in Alabama stemming from an early May arrest for felony drug possession.