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BY ERIC D. WILLIAMS
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with marijuana possession in an Atlanta suburb after police there found the Seahawks linebacker passed out behind the wheel, authorities from the Douglas County Sheriffs told the Associated Press.
Police found Hill passed out behind the wheel at about 4 a.m. on Saturday at a major intersection in suburban Atlanta.
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Douglas County Sheriff Sgt. Dwayne Taylor said officers found less than one ounce of marijuana in the vehicle. A court date has not yet been set, and Hill was released after posting a $1,500 bond. Officials did not know if he has an attorney.
"He was at an intersection passed out behind the wheel," Taylor told ESPN. "The deputies conducted an investigation and found two bags of marijuana in the car."
A spokesman for the Seattle Seahawks declined to comment on the matter.
Hill also was cited for having a faulty taillight, according to an ESPN report. Taylor told ESPN that Hill was not tested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
At the end of February Hill, 26, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, and should be the team's most sought after player in free agency.
Drafted by Seattle in the third round of the 2005 draft, Hill has started for Seattle since his rookie season, totaling 50 regular-season games in four seasons for the Seahawks.
Hill finished with 84 tackles in 12 games – which led the team at the time -- but missed the final four games of the season with a pinched nerve in his neck.
Seattle Seahawks team president and general manager Tim Ruskell, who puts a premium on bringing in players with good character, said during a recent interview that the team will make Hill a priority in free agency. However, this recent event could reshape Ruskell's opinion.
"All options will be open," Ruskell said. "Obviously we are starting talks again with his agent. Our priority is to have him back on the football team."