Judge issues warrant for Bengals' Shirley in drunk driving case

Updated: September 25, 2008, 6:29 PM ET
Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. -- A Fresno County judge has issued a warrant for an NFL player facing trial on suspicion of drunken driving.

Jason Shirley

Shirley

Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Jason Shirley has until Tuesday morning to appear in court or the warrant will go into effect, Superior Court Judge Brant K. Bramer said Thursday.

Bramer was prepared to assign a courtroom for Shirley's trial but said the former Fresno State player had to be present.

Shirley's lawyer, Charles Magill, says his client cannot get to Fresno. The Bengals host the Cleveland Browns Sunday.

Fresno police arrested Shirley after he allegedly crashed into an apartment building and fled the scene Oct. 8, 2007. Police say his blood-alcohol level was 0.12, above the legal limit of 0.08.


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