DUI Case Delayed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon's drunken driving case in the Florida Panhandle has been delayed to give his lawyer more time to challenge breath tests showing his blood alcohol level at nearly three times the legal limit.

Santa Rosa County Judge Collie Nichols postponed McMahon's court appearance Thursday until March 3rd. Defense lawyer Tommy Ratchford says the 44-year-old McMahon, who led the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl title in 1986, likely will plead no contest, but the test results could affect his fine. First offenders usually do not receive jail time.

Arrested November Ninth, two breath tests indicated McMahon had blood alcohol levels of 0.261 percent and 0.258 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.

Ratchford sought more time to determine if the breath testing machine used by a sheriff's deputy had been maintained in accord with state requirements.

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