Marcell Dareus reaches plea deal on racing charges


After being charged with drag racing on a city street last year, Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is going to end up paying $300 in fines and conducting a football camp.

According to the Associated Press, Dareus reached a plea agreement today to have misdemeanor charges dropped from the incident, in which he crashed his Jaguar into a tree near Ralph Wilson Stadium last year.

He agreed to a pair of traffic violations — failure to keep right and imprudent speed — which carry a maximum fine of $150 each. He also promised to conduct a free football camp for area high school players this summer.

Dareus initially faced several charges, including reckless endangerment, after a crash in during an alleged race with teammate Jerry Hughes. His lawyer denied there was any proof they were racing, and Hughes was never charged.

The deal keeps him out of court, though the league will still review the case.

So after all that, Dareus got out essentially unharmed. Fortunately, everyone in this case can say that.

Except the tree.