Pats' Dennard has DUI charge in Nebraska dismissed
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard
wrapped up two days of court hearings in Nebraska on Friday by getting
a drunken-driving charge against him dismissed as part of a plea deal.
In an agreement with the Lincoln city attorney's office, Dennard
pleaded no contest to refusing to submit to a chemical test in exchange
for having the DUI case dismissed. He was fined $500 and placed on
His probation runs concurrently with, and until the end of, the three
years of probation he's already serving for hitting a police officer in
a separate case.
Assistant prosecutor Christine Loseke, who represented the city
attorney's office during the hearing in Lancaster County Court, said
the DUI and refusal to submit charges carry the same penalty. She said
it's common for people charged with one to have the other dismissed.
She said the DUI charge can be reinstated if Dennard breaks the law
The plea agreement was made by chief city prosecutor John McQuinn,
Dennard declined to comment outside the courtroom.
The 24-year-old Dennard played college football at Nebraska and was
projected to be a middle-round NFL draft pick in 2012. But a few days
before the draft, he was arrested in downtown Lincoln for hitting a
police officer outside a bar.
Dennard, who dropped to the seventh round, was sentenced in that case
to two years of probation, 30 days in jail and 100 hours of community
In July, he was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Lincoln and for failure
to cooperate when an officer tried to get him to blow into a device
that measures blood-alcohol content. A partial reading of the device
showed his blood-alcohol to be over the legal limit.
He admitted in a September hearing in Lancaster County District Court
that he had been drinking and driving, and prosecutors moved to have
his probation revoked.
On Thursday, a district judge extended Dennard's probation to three
years and his jail sentence to 60 days. She also doubled his community
service to 200 hours. Dennard is to begin serving his jail sentence