Former NFL quarterback and University of Washington star Warren Moon pleaded guilty yesterday to a reduced charge of negligent driving and was sentenced to two days in jail and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
Kirkland Municipal Court Judge Michael J. Lambo sentenced Moon after he changed his plea to guilty and read an apology to the court at a pretrial hearing. The judge also offered the option of five days in home detention instead of jail time. Lambo said he sympathized with Moon’s attempt to avoid a trial because of his “celebrity status.”
The sentence stems from an arrest last December when Moon, 51, was stopped by Medina Police on State Route 520. After refusing field sobriety and breathalyser tests he was arrested for suspicion of DUI and driving on a suspended license. Medina contracts with the City of Kirkland for jail and court services.
The conviction marked the second time in a year the Seahawks commentator admitted guilt in alcohol-related driving incident. In April 2007, Moon was stopped by a state trooper in downtown Kirkland and registered breath alcohol levels just below the legal limit. He later pleaded guilty to negligent driving in the first degree.
Moon, who is in the NFL Hall of Fame, was an NFL quarterback for 17 years and played for the Seahawks from 1997 to 1998 before he retired in 2000.