WWE News WWE NEWS: New updates on Swagger arrest; prosecutor says he will pursue maximum penalty for DUI charge
Feb 22, 2013 - 9:17:53 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
A new report on Jack Swagger (Jake Hager's) Tuesday arrest is that Hager is required to return to Gulfport, Mississippi to appear in court related to his driving under the influence charge. This is according to local prosecutor Kirk Clark.
The other charges of speeding and misdemeanor marijuana possession only require fines to be paid online or through the mail.
Hager's court date is scheduled for March 12. If convicted, Hager faces fines of $188 for driving 10 MPH over the speed limit, $437 for a "small amount of marijuana," and $1,300 if this is his first DUI offense. According to the prosecutor, the DUI charge carries a mandatory court appearance and he could lose his driver’s license for 90 days.
There is an exception, according to Clark. The court has allowed some defendants "in limited circumstances" to plead guilty to DUI without appearing in court. This requires an attorney to enter a "plea by affidavit" and the defendant signs a notarized "waiver of rights."
Clark says he will pursue the maximum sentence, which is two days in jail, but the sentence could be served via probation, classes, or AA meetings.
The report also notes that WWE's only comment about the arrest is the statement to TMZ on Wednesday: “Mr. Swagger is responsible for his own personal actions.”
This coincides with WWE releasing a YouTube video on Friday of "Mr. Swagger" breaking character as Jake Hager to promote WWE's invitation to political commentator Glenn Beck to appear on Raw.
Caldwell's Analysis: So, based on the two above items, WWE wants people to believe that the "Jack Swagger" character left the arena, hopped in a car, and allegedly drove under the influence with marijuana in his vehicle? Where is the "Vickie Guerrero" authority figure character to render a penalty to Swagger? Classic example of WWE tripping over themselves to deflect responsibility for their "independent contractors," which is exposed when they used a talent's character's name while trying to avoid being linked to the person committing the offense.
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