DUI charge dropped as Ward pleads guilty to reckless driving

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Prosecutors in DeKalb County, Ga., dropped drunken-driving charges against Steelers receiver Hines Ward this morning after he pleaded guilty to reckless driving.

DeKalb County State Court Judge Stacey Hydrick sentenced Ward, who also pleaded no contest to failure to maintain lane, to a year of probation, 80 hours of community service, and alcohol evaluation and treatment, if it's recommended. He also must participate in a risk-reduction program.

"We are grateful for the outcome," Ward's attorney and manager, Andy Ree, wrote in the statement. "By dropping the DUI charge, it is clear that the prosecution did not have sufficient evidence to proceed.

"Hines has always maintained that his ability to drive was in no way impaired and we are pleased that the facts supported his innocence.

"Hines has a great respect for the legal system and is also grateful, in particular, to the state for the professional manner in which they handled this matter."

Ward was arrested July 9 at 2:30 a.m. in suburban Atlanta after police pulled him over when he hit a curb.

Ed Bouchette: ebouchette@post-gazette.com and on Twitter @EdBouchette. Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2533.


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