Freep.com … Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was found not guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol today, almost three years after he was arrested for driving more than 100 m.p.h. down an Alabama highway with an open container of alcohol in his SUV.
Fairley was, however, found guilty of reckless driving and fined $500.
WKRG in Mobile, Ala., reported the news after two days of trial and a few hours of jury deliberations.
Fairley, who faced up to one year in jail and a $2,100 fine if convicted, was arrested twice in a two-month span in the spring of 2012, first for possession of marijuana and then DUI.
The marijuana charge was dismissed in December of that year, while the DUI case got buried in a string of motions and appeals.
In July, Fairley was given a six-month suspended sentence in the case, but his attorney, Sid Harrell, said he did not inform Fairley of that court date and appealed the decision. In December, Fairley rejected a plea deal on the DUI charge.