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 probation.
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 again.
The plea agreement was made by chief city prosecutor John McQuinn, Loseke said.
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.