Former Duck Lyerla rejects drug treatment deal

EUGENE, Ore. - The proposed deal to dismiss charges of possession of cocaine and interfering with a police officer against former Duck tight end Colt Lyerla unraveled in court Wednesday.

Stephen Houze, Lyerla's new attorney, said he and his client appeared in court Wednesday to ask for a 2-week extension to review police documents from Lyerla's October arrest. Houze said he had just received the documents Wednesday.

Prosecutors opposed the extension, and the judge agreed not to grant additional time.

Lyerla then rejected entering the drug treatment program, successful completion of which would have cleared him of criminal charges.

Instead, Lyerla will either have to face trial on the original charges or negotiate a new settlement with prosecutors.

The next hearing is set for December 5 at 2:30 p.m., at which point the parties will either enter a new settlement or set a trial date.