Prosecutors in DeKalb County, Ga., dropped drunken driving charges against Steelers receiver Hines Ward Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to reckless driving.
Ward also pleaded no contest to failure to maintain his lane. Judge Stacey Hydrick sentenced him to a year of probation, 80 hours of community service and alcohol evaluation and treatment, if it is recommended. He also must participate in a risk reduction program.
"We are grateful for the outcome," Ward's attorney and manager, Andy Ree, said in a written 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. He is thankful to his legal team and to all who stood by him. 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 in DeKalb County at 2:30 a.m. July 9 when police pulled him over after he hit a curb in his Aston Martin. Ward played football at the University of Georgia and owns a home in the Atlanta area.
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