Hines Ward pleads guilty to reckless driving in Georgia
Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward pleaded guilty to reckless driving Wednesday in a DeKalb County, Ga., courtroom in a case stemming from a traffic stop and arrest last summer.
Ward also pleaded no contest to a charge of failing to maintain his lane as part of a plea agreement that resulted in the county solicitor's office dropping a DUI charge.
State Court Judge Stacey K. Hydrick sentenced Ward to 12 months of probation. She also fined Ward $2,000 and ordered him to perform 80 hours of community service.
"We are grateful for the outcome," said Andrew Ree, Ward's attorney and manager. "Hines has always maintained that his ability to drive was in no way impaired and we are pleased that the facts support 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."
Hydrick ordered Ward to undergo an alcohol evaluation and participate in a risk reduction program. She agreed to allow him to check in via phone or email for his probation to accommodate his travel as an NFL player.
Police arrested Ward just outside Atlanta last summer when an officer saw him hit a curb in his Aston Martin in the early-morning hours of July 9. Ward failed a field sobriety test and was arrested. He posted $1,000 bond and was released hours later.
The Super Bowl XL MVP has played 14 years in the NFL, all with the Steelers.
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