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Vikings WR Simpson avoids jail time with plea

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 2, 2014 at 8:39 pm •  Published: January 2, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson avoided jail time after pleading guilty Thursday to careless driving and refusing to take a DWI test.

In return, prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired.

Simpson was sentenced just for the careless driving misdemeanor, the Star Tribune reported. Sentencing on his refusal to submit to the test was stayed.

Simpson was ordered to do 120 hours of community service in public schools. He also must attend alcohol seminars and will be on probation for a year.

The 27-year-old player plans to lecture students about staying in school and making good choices, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

"I'm trying to help them go through experiences they might go through," he said after the hearing in Hennepin County court. "I'm someone they might trust."

Simpson was arrested Nov. 9 after a state trooper responded to a stalled car blocking lanes on Interstate 394 out of downtown Minneapolis.

As Simpson got out of a red Dodge Charger, the trooper observed him with watery eyes and slightly slurred speech. Simpson said he was at the Pour House, a popular bar nearby, but denied that he'd been drinking.

The trooper said Simpson failed three field sobriety tests, and a preliminary breath test allegedly registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.095 percent. The legal limit for driving in Minnesota is 0.08.

Simpson was booked at the Hennepin County jail, where he refused to take another breath test.

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