Published Friday, December 6, 2013 AT 2:11 PM / Updated at 4:42 PM
Prosecutors dismiss DUI charge against Dennard
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

Former Nebraska and current New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard pleaded no contest Friday to refusing a breathalyzer test during a July 11 traffic stop, but Lincoln city prosecutors dropped two other charges against him, including a DUI charge.

Dennard received a $500 fine and a 60-day license revocation for refusing the chemical test, which is a misdemeanor. Police alleged that Dennard refused to sufficiently blow into the breathalyzer so as to register a full sample. A judge sentenced Dennard to probation to run concurrent with probation Dennard is already on for a felony assault conviction. Dennard declined comment, but his lawyer, Alan Stoler, said the DUI charge dismissal was part of typical plea negotiations. Prosecutors dropped the charge that Dennard’s car was straddling lane lines, as well.

Reporters had to confirm Dennard’s plea and penalties with Stoler since Dennard’s hearing took place in a different courtroom than previously scheduled.

Thursday, Dennard received an expanded sentence for the assault conviction in connection with the DUI stop. Dennard admitted to drinking before he drove July 11, which was a violation of his probation. He’ll serve three years probation, 35 days in county jail and 200 hours of community — 50 of which must take place in Lancaster County — on that charge.

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