Lions player seeks to avoid trial on recent charges

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by Traci Neuman

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- A lawyer for Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley says he will ask that the player be allowed to participate in a pre-trial diversion program instead of facing a trial on charges in Alabama.

Fairley is charged with driving under the influence and attempting to elude police.

Attorney Sid Harrell says that if Fairley completes the diversion program by taking an anti-DUI course, he expects the charges to be dropped.

Fairley was arrested in Mobile County on May 27 after a state trooper said he was traveling at 100 mph in his Cadillac Escalade and initially didn't pull over. He also faces a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge Nov. 27 in his hometown of Mobile.

Fairley was a 2011 first-round pick after helping lead Auburn to a national title.

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