Alfonzo Dennard pleads no contest to DUI, gets $500 fine, license suspended 60 days
|12.06.13 at 5:06 pm ET|
Alfonzo Dennard can finally get back to football.
The Patriots cornerback Friday pleaded no contest to refusal to submit to a chemical test to a DUI stop in July in Lincoln, Nebraska. In return, prosecutors dismissed the first-offense DUI charge, a misdemeanor.
As a result, Lancaster County Judge James Foster fined the former Nebraska Cornhuskers star $500, revoked his driver’s license for 60 days and gave him probation concurrent with the three-year probation he’s serving for assaulting a Lincoln, Neb. police officer in April 2012.
According to the police report, the 24-year-old Dennard was driving on Normal Boulevard in a 2011 Honda Accord just before 2 a.m. July 11 when a police sergeant pulled him over near 52nd Street because he was straddling lanes. The sergeant arrested Dennard on suspicion of DUI, refusing a chemical test and straddling lanes. The stop came exactly three months after the NFL defensive back got probation for punching a police officer in April 2012 in downtown Lincoln.
Police said Dennard was taken to detox in July but not jailed. Authorities allege he blew too softly during an alcohol breath test to register, despite a sergeant telling him twice to blow hard into the machine.
The plea deal ends a two-day stay in the town where he played college football. On Thursday, Dennard was given an additional 30 days in jail, an added year of probation and 100 hours of community service for violating terms of his probation from his April 2012 run-in with authorities.
In April, Dennard was sentenced to two years of probation for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest days before he was drafted by the Patriots. On Thursday, Judge Stephanie Stacy extended his probation by a year and added 30 days to a 30-day jail term he is to serve starting March 1. She also doubled the 100 hours of community service she ordered him to complete.
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Dennard’s attorney, Alan Stoler, said the dismissal of the DUI charge was common in plea negotiations, as were the penalties for that charge and the refusal. Dennard refused comment on the two-day stay after proceedings ended Friday.
After missing two days of practice, Dennard’s status for Sunday’s game against the Browns is uncertain at best. He is officially listed as questionable on the injury report with a knee issue.