Hines Ward pleads guilty to reckless driving

Posted Feb 22, 2012
Aaron Wilson

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward has pleaded guilty reckless driving, an admission to a lesser charge in his driving under the influence case in Georgia. He was sentenced to a year's probation, fined $2,000, undergo an alcohol evaluation and given 80 hours of community service.

Ward pleaded no contest to a single charge of failing to maintain his lane, resolving the DUI case. By doing so, the prosecutor dropped the DUI charge.

"We are grateful for the outcome," Ward's lawyer, Andrew Reed, said in a statement "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."

Ward was arrested last year outside of Atlanta.

His car hit a curb and he subsequently failed a field sobriety test and was taken to jail.

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