The Tuesday court appearance by Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus on charges stemming from a drag race on a public street has been postponed until July 1. Dareus was scheduled to appear in Hamburg, N.Y., on several charges after his arrest on May 30, but the Hamburg Town Court clerk’s office said the appearance had been postponed, The Associated Press reported.
The Bills are scheduled to start three days of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. Dareus was excused from Buffalo’s OTAs, missing seven practices, after his second arrest in May. But he is expected to participate in minicamp.
Police reported Dareus crashed a 2012 Jaguar into a tree outside the Mongolian Buffet Restaurant while racing down a Hamburg street around 3:15 p.m. May 30. After the incident, Dareus was charged with reckless endangerment in the second degree, reckless driving, participating in an illegal speed contest and other traffic violations.
Those charges came after Dareus was arrested on May 5 in Alabama. Dareus was stopped by a State Trooper for speeding on Interstate 20 in Cleburne County. He was subsequently charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Alabama Department of Public Safety said the substance was “spice,” or synthetic cannabis.
George R. Giddens of Sylacauga, who is Dareus’ attorney in the Alabama case, said he had applied to enter a pretrial intervention program, although it could take more than six months before Dareus finds out if he’ll be accepted into the program. The pretrial program includes measures such as drug counseling and, if successfully completed, could result in the dismissal of criminal charges.
In the New York incident, witnesses told Hamburg police that a Jaguar left the road near the entrance of the Mongolian restaurant, ran over the grass and into the parking lot before hitting a tree. Dareus was not injured in the crash. Another Buffalo defensive lineman, Jerry Hughes, has admitted to police that he was driving the other car, a Camaro, involved in the incident.
Dareus is a former standout at Huffman High School who played at Alabama. He held a football camp at Huffman on June 7, but declined to answer questions about his recent arrests.
Dareus earned a place on the AFC Pro Bowl team after the 2013 season, his third year in the NFL.