Jamin Davis’s reckless driving case is ongoing after judge rejects plea deal


Washington Commanders linebacker Jamin Davis missed practice Monday to appeal a reckless driving conviction in Loudoun County.

Shortly after 1 p.m. March 28, 2022, Davis was cited for driving his McLaren 114 mph in a 45-mph zone on Loudoun County Parkway at Evergreen Ridge Drive. He pleaded not guilty in Loudoun County District Court to a charge of reckless driving (speeding more than 20 miles above the limit, in excess of 85 mph), which is a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia and punishable with up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

The district court found Davis guilty, and he was sentenced to 30 days of jail, plus a suspended license and a fine.

Davis, who appeared in Loudoun County Circuit Court on Monday accompanied by Commanders senior director of player development Malcolm Blacken, initially requested a jury trial for his appeal. But he withdrew that request and agreed to a plea deal with the commonwealth’s attorney’s office in Loudoun County for a maximum of eight days of active incarceration.

Judge Stephen E. Sincavage rejected the proposed deal, noting the heavily trafficked area in which Davis was speeding, the time of day and Davis’s “not terrible but not clean” record. A status hearing for further scheduling is set for 1 p.m. Thursday.

“He’s going through the legal process, and … we just got to be here and be supportive of him and understand that this is the legal process that he has to go through,” Commanders Coach Ron Rivera told reporters following training camp practice Monday.

“We are aware of the legal situation involving Jamin Davis, and we remain in close contact with him and his representation,” the Commanders said in a statement from a team spokesperson. “Out of respect for the legal process, we are not able to comment further at this time.”

Davis and his attorney declined to comment because the case is ongoing.

Davis was previously charged with reckless driving (89 mph in a 65-mph zone) on Dec. 19, 2021, but it was reduced to an infraction, and he paid a $150 fine. That incident occurred four days before former Commanders safety Deshazor Everett was involved in a fatal car crash in Loudoun County.

Everett was driving a 2010 Nissan GT-R that veered to the right off the road and hit several trees before rolling over, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. Everett’s girlfriend, 29-year-old Olivia S. Peters, died in the wreck. Everett suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

He was initially charged with involuntary manslaughter but pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving. The initial account from the sheriff’s office reported Everett was driving more than 90 mph before the crash. However, evidence from the car’s black box, witness accounts and the Loudoun County crash reconstruction team indicated a different scenario, according to the sentencing memo.

According to the arrest document, Davis and Commanders cornerback Benjamin St-Juste told police they had been with Everett earlier that evening. Davis said he was driving his McLaren ahead of Everett’s Nissan and did not witness the crash. St-Juste said he was traveling behind the McLaren and Nissan and that he saw something “pop out in front” of Everett’s car before it crashed.

Everett was sentenced to three months of house arrest, his license was suspended for six months, and he was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine, fulfill 100 hours of community service and produce a public service announcement about safe driving.

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