Sometimes, most times, a college football player will see the charges he was initially facing drastically reduces. Very rarely are the charges dropped entirely, yet that’s where the situation involving a Tennessee Volunteer currently stands.
In late July, Charles Mosley was arrested following a traffic stop and charged with first-offense driving under the influence and speeding. Fast-forward nine months and, the Knoxville News Sentinel is reporting, both of those charges have been dismissed. The dismissal came after a preliminary hearing earlier today.
The initial traffic stop was initiated because Mosley was clocked doing 79 in a 55 mph zone. The arresting officer smelled the odor of marijuana as he approached the vehicle; Mosley claimed he had been at a hotel with friends a short time earlier and they were smoking weed (the second-hand smell defense). That said, marijuana residue was found in the passenger seat next to Mosley as well as his backseat, and the offensive lineman performed poorly on a field sobriety test.
Mosley had submitted to a drug test, but, the News Sentinel writes, “Mosley’s attorney Steve Oberman said the case was dismissed because the state failed to establish probable cause to arrest” his client.
“The arresting officer believed he had sufficient grounds to arrest Mr. Mosley,” Oberman told the paper. “The proof presented today in court was insufficient to send the case to the grand jury. … Mr. Mosley and I are thrilled to have the case concluded in such a favorable fashion.”
The proof presented in court wasn’t detailed.
After “internal discipline” from head coach Butch Jones, Mosley appeared in 12 games for the Vols in 2015. He exited spring practice this year as a second-team offensive lineman.
In July of 2014, Mosley was involved in a car wreck the Tennessee Highway Patrol deemed serious enough that the 2014 UT signee was said to be “lucky to be alive.” The lineman sustained a broken leg in the accident, one in which he was a passenger in a vehicle that was being driven by a family member.
Because of the injury, he missed the entire 2014 season and was limited during spring practice earlier that year.