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Traffic charge dropped for 'Skins rookie

Washington Post editors

A reckless driving charge against Redskins' offensive lineman Trent Williams was dismissed by a Fairfax County judge Wednesday because the calibration of the arresting officer's speedometer was not properly notarized.

Williams was driving a Porsche west on the Dulles Toll Road on June 6 when Fairfax Officer Amanda Bronson began following him. Bronson testified that she tracked the Porsche for about two miles, from Wiehle Avenue to the Fairfax County Parkway, and "paced" it -- matched her speed to the lead car -- at 90 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Bronson said she approached Williams's window, advised him he was driving 90 in a 55, and he replied, "Yeah, and so?"

The officer provided a certificate showing her car's speedometer had been calibrated in February, and the certificate indicates it has been notarized. Virginia law requires a document's authenticity to be sworn to before it can be admitted as evidence.

But the county mechanic who serviced the car did not testify that he had the calibration notarized. Defense lawyer Mark Dycio objected to the certificate, and substitute Fairfax General District Court Judge John Keats threw it out. "For this document to be admitted," Keats said, "it has to be done under oath."

Dycio then asked the judge to dismiss the case, and Keats, an experienced criminal defense attorney himself, did so without further comment.

"I'm happy and thrilled with Mr. Dycio's services," Williams said.

-- Tom Jackman

By Washington Post editors  | October 13, 2010; 1:53 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Tom Jackman  
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Wonder if I can get away with driving 90 in a 55 mi zone??? FFX County police pretty strict on the Parkway sometimes....probably won't get away with 57 unless I'm a pro athlete.

Posted by: couper | October 13, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, and so..... better watch his Ps and Qs on the toll road, I can imagine the cops are not too happy about this and his attitude. BTW, his attitude is about what I would expect from most spandex clad overpaid sports "stars" that live a life of undeserved privilege.

Posted by: soyboy99 | October 13, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

wow. trent williams is a jerk.

Posted by: slim4 | October 13, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

wow. trent williams is a jerk.

Posted by: slim4 | October 13, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I think the cop was a jerk for coming to court unprepared. The burden is on the state, not the driver.

Posted by: PepperDr | October 13, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

OH THIS JUST MAKES ME SICK!

If this was say "Gilbert Arenas" whom the media is currently crucifying for any word that comes from his mouth, it would have been all over the front page, but I guess because this is the skin's prized rookie, they chose not to portray him in a negative light.

JUST DISGUSTING!

Posted by: keedrow | October 13, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

90 in a 55, shiver me timbers

Posted by: thenoggin | October 13, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

keedrow, when Trent Williams starts lying about injuries in an effort to act as de facto coach and then gets fined for it (or, knowing Shanahan, has his butt kicked into the middle of next week for it), I'm sure it'll be on the front page. This is merely a traffic ticket.

I hold no brief for Trent Williams, who, based on his comment to officer, is apparently a total tool, but he's got a LONG way to go to match Arenas in thuggery and general stupidity. But hey, he's only a rookie; give him time.

Posted by: 7900rmc | October 13, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

They'll be peeling him off the telephone pole in my front yard if he keeps it up. Speeding like that is one thing that's bound to catch up with him sooner or later. I see way too many accidents on my curve annually from people who think either their vehicle or their driving skills are invincible and don't like following the 30mph limit.

Posted by: RazorGirl | October 13, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

How can you own a porsche and not speed?

Posted by: RedCherokee | October 13, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

'The Burden is on the STATE!!'

'He made Thriller...Thriller'

'Nicole Simpson can't rap, I WANT JUSTICE'

'For all we know, that pizz was DIGITAL'

'Some say the cucumbers taste better pickled'

'NO FURTHER QUESTIONS!!'

'My Blackness will not allow me to testify...'

- D. Chappelle

Posted by: kahlua87 | October 13, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Why does anyone spend their hard-earned money on pro sports, supporting these punks and thugs?

Posted by: jckdoors | October 13, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

WTF?!!!No more criminals in pro sports!

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 13, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Karma! Just hurry up and wait, he will get busted for something soon, perhaps drugs or illegal weapons.

Posted by: Special_One40 | October 13, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Karma! Just hurry up and wait, he will get busted for something soon, perhaps drugs or illegal weapons.

Posted by: Special_One40 | October 13, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Was his defensive lawyer a former Enron accountant?

Posted by: 21stCenturyCaveman | October 13, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Was his defensive lawyer a former Enron accountant?

Posted by: 21stCenturyCaveman | October 13, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Let's be honest the speed limits on a lot of DC area roads are ridiculous. That road is probably a 70 or 75MPH road, 90 is too fast, but unless he was being unsafe this isn't a big deal. Doesn't sound like he was.

But he should keep it a little closer to sanity in the future, c'mon man.

Posted by: Extempraneous | October 13, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

@7900rmc If you really think Arenas is a thug, then that makes you the ignorant one.

Posted by: aircardinal | October 13, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I want Dicio as my DUI attorney. Worth every penny.

Posted by: krickey7 | October 13, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Trent Williams, is just like Gilbert Arenas, Terrell Owens, Brett Favre, Albert Haynesworth and many others - RICH CLOWNS! Having a lot of money simply magnifies the personality traits that people already have. If you are generous and find wealth, you'll be more generous; If you are stupid and find money you'll be rich and stupid; and if you are a jerk and then sign a fat contract, you are NOTHING more than a RICH JERK!

If I had told a cop "Yeah, and so?" I would be part of the 10 o'clock headline, "Local police beat man to death on the Fairfax Parkway..." What a freakin' clown he is!

Posted by: LukeCage | October 13, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic.

And if any of us did this??? Yeah, um... I do not think we would get off as easily.

Posted by: Homemom | October 13, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

LMAO @ kahlua87 (and Dave Chappelle)

Posted by: ProfessorPeabody | October 13, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I think the cop was a jerk for coming to court unprepared. The burden is on the state, not the driver.
Posted by: PepperDr
********************
You are an idiot. The cop was not unprepared. The article states that it was the MECHANIC that failed to properly certify the document, not the cop (though the way that that fact is stated in the article is very poorly worded). And Williams, while an arrogent jerk, did not get off because he is an athelete. He had a lawyer who saw a technical issue, that the State of VA requires, that forced the judge to throw out that piece of evidence. Without that piece of evidence the State could not prove thier case.

Posted by: overed | October 13, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

"Pathetic, and so?"

Posted by: peanut47 | October 13, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Trent Williams, what a prick. Let's hope he matures quickly.

Posted by: SilverSpringer1 | October 13, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Trent Williams, what a prick. Let's hope he matures quickly.

Posted by: SilverSpringer1 | October 13, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Trent my man, one thing you should know, Skin or no Skin, you's in the Commonwealth naw boooieeee buouyyy, mind you P's and Q's cause we will see you again, and YEAH SO? will be our answer when we pull your a55 from the drivers side through the sunroof and give you a taze or two. Then we will say Yeah SO?

You fool, we have kids dying everyday because of cocky ignorant idiots like you. We know your car, and we know of your other vehicles. Go ahead, try us, make our day.

Posted by: Fred23 | October 13, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Now that Williams has gotten away with speeding, he probably feels bullet-proof. Someone should tell him about former Pro Bowl players Jerome Brown and Derrick Thomas.

Posted by: BB703 | October 13, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

The right to privacy of individual soldiers must be considered also. We frequently hear that blacks and women have been successfully integrated into the military. Black and white troops of the same sex and sexual orientation have been integrated. We still haven't found the right way to persuade white females to share showers with black males, or any other males. Yet a federal judge believes straight males can be forced to share shower, bunking, and dressing areas with gays.

The most likely place to find guidance on this topic is in the labor law on workplace discrimination against hiring females. Some manufacturers once refused to hire females because there was no locker room for them at the plant. The courts ruled that employers must provide adequate facilities for women that assured their safety and privacy. Key to the discussion is whether a woman has a right to privacy away from the eyes of men who couild develop a sexual interest in her. The courts said yes. Do men have that same right?

Posted by: blasmaic | October 13, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Typical. Highly paid, unhousebroken, spoiled brats get away with endangering the lives of others and the average citizen (especiallly if from a minority group) get slammed. This judge should be impeached.

Posted by: bizecology | October 13, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Just another spoiled pro sports player who will end up dead, in jail or flat broke as a druggie in 20 years. Why do we treat these cry babies like this? Lets pay them all $25,000 a year and see how many still want to leave "the hood" to play.

Posted by: clownwithguns | October 13, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

keep talking trash in virginia and see where it gets you.....everyone that wants one has a concealed.....yeah boy, keep talking trsh.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | October 13, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

And I bet all of the people posting would have just paid their ticket and took the points and increased insurance.
Must be all Cowboy fans.

Posted by: Weave160 | October 13, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

LMAO @ kahlua87 (and Dave Chappelle)

Posted by: ProfessorPeabody | October 13, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Precisely the kind of professional jock jack*** who -- when he wraps hisself around a tree -- will get his week of media mourning and cheap glorification. Meanwhile, ordinary mortals (the rest of us) can just pound sand.

Posted by: tdiaz | October 13, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

At that speed (or the 70 mph suggested by another poster), if he had veered out of his lane he would have likely ended up killing people in the oncoming traffic. I hope he loses that arrogance before he causes someone to lose their life.

Posted by: Voter4Integrity | October 13, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Here we go with everyone who knows everything in the universe and writes their opinion about it. What if she told him he was speeding and he said "yeah and so" as in what was the next step in the process of him getting the ticket and being on his way. People that assume they know this guy by three words without context are bad role models for their own children. Jumping to conclusion has started many a war

Posted by: Black706 | October 13, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I think it is a crying shame that the more fame and or money one has the more you get away with. 90 in a 55 should have resulted in an arrrest and at least a few hours in jail till things like bail and such is set. What next he gets to kill some one because of his careles driving.

Posted by: jv522e | October 13, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I think it is a crying shame that the more fame and or money one has the more you get away with. 90 in a 55 should have resulted in an arrrest and at least a few hours in jail till things like bail and such is set. What next he gets to kill some one because of his careles driving.

Posted by: jv522e | October 13, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I see the VA police are kinda stupid huh? She actually pulled up beside him to let him know he was speeding? Give me a break. She 'tracked him for 2 miles? Sounds like some made up bull to me. Her evidence was messed up, case closed. See ya lata Ms. Officer, next time be right. Get well Trent, earn your millions but please stay out of trouble. A man speeds and that makes him a thug huh? Only in little america do ya think like that

Posted by: TOPCAT3 | October 13, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

At that speed (or the 70 mph suggested by another poster), if he had veered out of his lane he would have likely ended up killing people in the oncoming traffic. I hope he loses that arrogance before he causes someone to lose their life.

Posted by: Voter4Integrity | October 13, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

he's been hurt the last two weeks. God works in mysterious ways....hopefully he did learn a valuable lesson.

Posted by: TOPCAT3 | October 13, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

I think the real travesty here is that the speed limit on the Dulles Tollroad is 55 mph! Its a freakin joke. 90 mph is not as fast as you guys make it seem on a road like that although I admit it is a bit on the high end. The speed limit on a road like that should be at least 65 mph, if not 75 or 80. If his speed was so dangerous, why did the cop allow him to 'endanger' lives for 2 miles before pulling him over?!? Haha what a freakin joke. She was more worried about getting enough evidence to make the ticket stick so the county can collect moeny than saving lives. And even that she couldnt get right haha. The 55mph speed limit is just a SCAM used to raise easy money for the county

Come down to Texas and well show you what a highway speed limit should look like. Dallas just raised maximum limits to 75 and 80mph on their highways, and when you count in the 5-10mph buffer, everybody is doing 85-90 mph.

Its the idiots doing 45mph in a 55mph on a highway are the ones endangering lives, not the speeders. if you cant keep up with the speed limit. then stay off the road and quit crying about it.

Secondly Fairfax police is a joke. Everytime I drive down the Tollroad, all I see is at least 6-8 police cars cruising up and down the road all day pulling people over left and right for petty speeding tickets. EVERY SINGLE TIME!! Talk about taking the easy way out. Go fight some real crimes like murderers and rapist and thieves. Do you really need 8 police cars patroling a 15 mile stretch of highway!?!?!?!?!?! Instead all they do is act like bill collectors for the county, trying to make some easy money. They are more worried about maintaining their overinflated salaries than fighting real crime. There is no reason these guys should get paid $100K+ to pull over people all day. Especially when they are targeting people going to and coming back from work, stealing their hard earned money.

Sorry for the rant, and for the record I have never been pulled over by these blood suckers, but i just think it is ridiculous. This crap would never fly in Texas. I applaud Williams for fighting back and making fairfax police work for his dollar. Like someone else said, i bet all the people bashing him are the type to automatically pay their ticket, and are just jealous that they are too dumb to fight back. and for the record, the same cop tailed my friend for about 5 miles before giving him a ticket for reckless driving. goes to show you how much she cares about saving lives

Posted by: ballinizahabit | October 13, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who are cutting on Trent Williams, how many times was John Riggins pulled over for DUI after leaving Clyde's in Tysons Corner in the day?

I don't remember him missing any games or being criticized by fans.

Fans just wanted to know he was going to be on the field on Sunday :-)

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | October 13, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing how many are begrudging of the amount of money athletes makes because they hate their own careers. Trust me they earn every penny. I've never heard one person say owners are over paid or how many universities pimps the athletes before they get opportunity to earn money for their efforts. Like it or not is the american way.

Oh by the way here is the proper way to figure out how much money an NFL contract is worth. Take the inflated figure of 100 million i.e. Albert H. then figure signing bonus 40 Million is all the team will pay. times that by .5 for taxes and agent commissions. leaves him 20 million. Not bad in exchange for taking 20 years off his life expectancy for playing an extremely violent sport like football.

Posted by: scootab22 | October 13, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Wake up, people! Highway speed limits are much less about safety than they are about REVENUE! 35 years of advances in automobile technology, yet our speed limits are largely the same as they were in 1975. Safety, my foot.

Also, as some others have pointed out, if driving that speed is so dangerous, why did the officer choose to "pace" Trent Williams for two miles. If she were really trying to protect other drivers, she would have pulled him over immediately, if only to get him off the road. I don't blame her personally, though; it's the administrative muckety-mucks who have brainwashed these officers into valuing revenue over safety.

Posted by: mrb1onde | October 13, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

The judge erred in this case, did not support the police person. Now this as..... must be laughing at the judicial system, at the police, etc.

If I had been the judge I would have said, ok, there is a flaw here in the evidence presented by the police, but sir, you were breaking the law, I would have given him a warning.

Of course it helped this jerk that he was able to pay big bucks to his deffender.

So sad. Because if it had been me I would have had my license suspended, sent to school, got points in my driver's license, etc., etc., etc.,

I am speechless, do not know what to write, what to think...

Posted by: viale1942 | October 13, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

This should help restore faith in the fairness of our criminal justice system. If it means anything to those involved, all decent people think your actions are thoroughly disgusting, to put it mildly.

Posted by: vmax02rider | October 13, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

I really dont know why I sat here and read all these comments, but I think it is really ridiculous that all you people have comments on something you really dont know anything about. Its crazy for yall to wish death ,jail and everything else imaginable on this young man and you know nothing about him or his personality. Who says the officer in this incident is telling the truth about what she says he said.I know for a fact that Trent is NOT a thug,or spoiled brat as some of you put it. He is a very polite ,well mannered,mild tempered young man.In closing I would just like to say to the people spewing so much venom,Trent has family that reads this stuff and its very hard to take people threatening his life and wishing such horrible things on him,and yall call him a THUG.Did he make a mistake?Maybe, I dont know, wasnt there, but neither were you.

Posted by: swill25 | October 14, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

"Yeah and so"?

What a punk! Next time I hope he gets some jail and a competent procecutor! This kid has the mentality of a criminal to go along with his tats.

Posted by: sbf845 | October 14, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Glad I hate football. This just reinforces my antagonism towards the sport. If you want a game for real men, try rugby.

Posted by: veloboldie1 | October 14, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

What a shame that any person can endanger other's lives and get out of ANY punishment on a ridiculous technicality.
Come on TW, you're a better man than that.

Posted by: Jason10 | October 14, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

The cop didn't need to be prepared. The state wasn't prepared.

The state is used to prosecuting the average person who is clueless about the law and court procedures. They go to court, police testify on what they witnessed, the ticketed individual is then asked to present his case, and they fail.

In this case, Williams had a lawyer and rightfully questioned and made the state present its full case as is his right. He questioned calibration and got lucky. As someone said, it is on the burden of the state to prove beyond a reasonable doubt. If he was a average person without a lawyer, he would have never known about certification, or proof and probably would have folded in front of the judge.

The law is all about technicality here. William's lawyer impeached the witness to the point where he could not testify that Williams was traveling at 90mph. Shoot, he could have been doing 100mph, but without the certification, the officer had no standing to say his vehicle was pacing Williams' vehicle at said speed. And without the officer's correct testimony, nothing is proven.

Posted by: Rogueperson | October 14, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Trent Williams apologists are grabbing at straws trying to downplay "Yeah and so."
No way to do that -- he's an arrogant jerk who thinks he's too cool, your traffic laws are for you mere mortals.

Posted by: kls1 | October 14, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

To ballinizahabit - right on, I say as I'm reading this in my house in San Antonio.

Everybody's writing like they were witness to this scene. And what's with all the anger here against the driver - like somebody said, how can you have a Porche (or whatever it was he was driving) and not drive fast. Fast and safe are different, no? Yes, there are the speed limits to obey, but let's face it, see the car, check out to whom it belongs and bam!
Trent, come on back home to Texas, honey, were we know how to drive.

Posted by: bam413 | October 20, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

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