Havner Drunken Driving Charges Going Nowhere
Drunken driving charges against Green Bay Packers’ tight end Spencer Havner are stalled out for now.
The Nevada County (Calif.) district attorney’s office has returned the case against Havner to the California Highway Patrol, finding insufficient evidence to file any charges, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Havner was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving March 13 at a hospital emergency room after crashing his motorcycle. He recently signed his tender and reported to the Packers’ offseason conditioning program, even though it will be several weeks until the broken shoulder he suffered in the accident heals fully.
In an email Tuesday, District Attorney Clifford Newell told the Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein he sent Havner’s case back for further investigation with directions to provide more detail and witness testimony.
Newell said Havner was in the emergency room receiving treatment when police first spoke to him and officials only know Havner may have been near a crashed motorcycle before being taken to the hospital. The vehicle had been moved from the scene before the highway patrol arrived, and Havner has little or no recollection of the event.
Havner’s offseason work has been limited, although the Packers expect him to be ready for OTAs in June. Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy recently guessed it would take four to six weeks for Havner to heal fully.
Havner came on in 2009 and became a valuable goal line option for Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers after spending two seasons on the practice squad. He rounds out a Packers’ tight ends group that also includes Jermichael Finley and Donald Lee.
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