Jets’ Marcus Maye facing DUI charges after February crash, arrest

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Marcus Maye
Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets safety Marcus Maye faces three misdemeanor charges after he was arrested in February for DUI after an alleged car accident in Florida.

His attorney and the state attorney are scheduled to hold a zoom hearing on Oct. 20.

Court records in Broward County, FL revealed that Maye was charged on Feb. 22 for driving under the influence, damage to property, and leaving the scene of an accident in Fort Lauderdale. He posted the $1,500 bond necessary for his release.

According to ESPN, Maye was driving his 2018 Mercedes when he allegedly crashed into the rear end of another vehicle while driving north on the Florida Turnpike at 7:33 p.m. Maye — who was driving alone — and the driver of the other vehicle were uninjured. However, the other driver, Jamila Abraham of Belle Glade, FL, is seeking in excess of $30,000 in a civil suit. 

Police reports state that Maye fled the scene and was found unresponsive and unaware of the accident just north of where the alleged incident occurred. He declined to take a sobriety test.

The Jets declined to comment due to the nature of the pending legal matter, but the league is reviewing the matter — which could lead to a suspension due to the incident falling under the jurisdiction of the NFL’s personal-conduct policy. 

“Marcus Maye has not committed any crime, nor was he either intoxicated or impaired,” Maye’s lawyer, Eric Schwartzreich, told the Associated Press. “Mr. Maye will have his day in court on these erroneous misdemeanor accusations, where we are confident that he will be found not guilty.”

Maye has become one of the Jets’ most valuable defensive players on a rebuilding roster, having been voted the team’s most valuable player last season. He appeared in the Jets’ first three games of the season before an ankle injury that is expected to sideline him three to four weeks held him out of the team’s upset victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.


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