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Hines Ward pleads guilty to reckless driving

Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:27 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 1:07 pm
 
WardBy Josh Katzowitz

Last July, Steelers receiver Hines Ward was arrested on a DUI charge, an incident that stunned CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman* because he seems like the exact opposite of the kind of guy who would get himself into that kind of trouble.

Ward’s lawyer denied Ward was impaired by alcohol as he drove, and seven months later, Ward has cut a plea bargain deal with the DeKalb County (Ga.) Solicitor’s office, which has dropped the DUI charge.

In exchange, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, Ward pleaded guilty Wednesday to reckless driving and no contest to a charge of failing to maintain lane.

Ward was sentenced to 12 months of probation (he’ll be allowed to check in with his officer on the phone or with email since he’ll likely be playing football somewhere in 2012), 80 hours of community service and a $2,000 fine. He’ll also undergo an alcohol evaluation.

*Ravens running back Ray Rice also was mighty displeased by the arrest.

Ward's lawyer, Andy Reed, released this statement afterward (via the Pittsburgh Post Gazette): "We are grateful for the outcome. 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."

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Comments

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:29 pm
 

Hines Ward pleads guilty to reckless driving

why not really hurt this guy, take away his dancing with the stars win!!!!!!!!



Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:54 am
 

Hines Ward pleads guilty to reckless driving

Why do think he got it dropped from DUI to misdemeanor?
A DUI is a misdemeanor.  --  It is only a felony is you have had multiple dui's (depending state to state). 

He simply went from one misdemeanor to another.

I promise you, many ordinary citizens walk away with deals much better than this - for first time misdemeanor dui's.



Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:51 am
 

Hines Ward pleads guilty to reckless driving

Funny the defense attorney had to toss in the bit about the prosecution having a case so weak they had to plea it down.  If the case was that weak, Ward should have pled not guilty to the DUI and beat it.  That attorney is lying his backside off.  Typical.



Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:41 am
 

Hines Ward pleads guilty to reckless driving

Judging by terms of his plea he was definately guilty. Reckless driving is pretty much available to any first time offender. His attorneys  probably saw the footage of his field sobriety test and felt this was the best route. These athletes have access to,especially, in NFL to league sponsored limos why not use it?



Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 5:50 pm
 

Hines Ward pleads guilty to reckless driving

And to think that some goobers think that Ward is Hall of Fame material. He's a has been cheap shot artist that should just retire and go away.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 5:20 pm
 

Hines Ward pleads guilty to reckless driving

I agree with you Hockey Fan La. But certain states are  more strict with first time DUI offenders.  States make drivers install a  device you have to blow into to start your car. Which is a cost to the offender. Plus other costs. Its not cheap, but if you drive drunk, you deserve everything you get!



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 5:02 pm
 

Hines Ward pleads guilty to reckless driving

So what likely happened was Ward's attorney arranged a plea to a lesser charge to keep Hines image from being totally in the gutter.  His punishment is akin to what a first time DUI offender would receive, so you do the math.  The plea was give him the same punishment as a DUI but charge him with the lesser offense of reckless drving.
This happens all the time, except that if it were any of us, we would not be so lucky.
Ward will definitely play somewhere next season, even at his age he is still good for =/- 50 catches, +/- 600 yards and 5 TD's.....still a can be a solid 3rd down guy too.  He may take deliver some cheap shots, but you cannot question his toughness.




Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 5:01 pm
 

Ward, Rapistberger, MendenbinLaden, Thug Harrison

the Rooneys must be so proud.

What a total embarassment their beloved stealers have become.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:58 pm
 

Hines Ward pleads guilty to reckless driving

@hizzleRocker I had an attorney and it was my 1 and only. Why do think he got it dropped from DUI to misdemeanor? Because he is Hines Ward! So to get it dropped down he probably agreed to a lot more of a penalty than a normal misdemeanor charge. Thats how it works in some places. So compared to a DUI, this is getting off easy!




Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:22 pm
 

Hines Ward pleads guilty to reckless driving

Way to "man up" Hines. I'm surprised he didn't use the race card yet again.
Gutless on the field and gutless off the field.
Just go away already Ward. You'll be forgotten the second you retire.


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