Hines Ward Pleads Guilty To Reckless Driving In Connection With DUI Charge In Atlanta

CBS Atlanta is reporting that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward pleaded guilty on Wednesday morning to a reckless driving charge in connection with DUI charge last offseason in Atlanta. Ward was arrested in the early morning hours of July 9 after a MARTA police officer saw him hit a curb and drive out of his lane on Buford Highway.

The report by Elizabeth Klynstra states that Ward pleaded guilty to reckless driving and pleaded no contest to his charge of failure to maintain a lane. Ward was sentenced to 12 months probation according to the report with one day already being credited. Ward was also fined $2,000 and the judge ordered him to perform 80 hours of community service. The DUI charge was dropped.

Ward had reportedly failed a series of field sobriety tests administered by a DeKalb County police officer who wrote in his arrest report that Ward had swayed back and forth and was getting agitated while conducting the evaluation.

ETA: Post corrected. The original linked article stated jail time & has since been corrected.

  • Mentallytilted

    I take it these charges were in addition to him pleading guilty to DUI? So sad, why didn’t he take a cab. Just lost alot of respect for Hines….I have a feeling this will insure that he is not coming back to the Steelers next season. I wonder if it was worth it …. DUI or finishing his career with the Steelers…..I know which I would have chosen.

  • Joe D

    I think there is an error in the report…
    I think it is 12 months probation… not jail.

    You don’t get jail for “reckless driving”…. anywhere in the US!!!

  • Joe D

    Here is the link to an article…

    It’s 12 months probation… as I suspected… because they allowed him to check in by phone to probation due to his job in nfl.

    Talk about poor reporting!!!


  • Eric87

    I wouldn’t say that this ends his career with the steelers, everyone in life makes mistakes and you just have to learn from them. At least Hines was honorable and plead guilty when he knew that he was in th wrong. Hopefully this doesnt get blown way out of porportion, not like he killed anyone like a wr I am deciding not to mention!

  • Wdmason

    It says he pleaded guilty to “reckless driving” which is a lesser charge than DUI. I seriuosly doubt his lawyer would advise him just to plead guilty to DUI. I dont quite understand 12 months prison time for reckless driving so it is a bit confusing. Is this his first DUI charge?

  • Joe D

    Bouchette is reporting… it’s 12 months probation…

    Dave…. change the article… poor on your part keeping it up…
    I provide the link to the Atlanta paper saying it was 12 months probation…

    but i guess 12months jail sells newspapers…

  • SteelersDepot

    Then I suggest go elsewhere. I misread the report and was in the middle of a radio interview. The original linked story stated jail time.

  • Doosh0990

    Hines took a plea deal got reckless driving and 12 months probation and 80 hours of community service. the community service is pointless for any star athlete because they are always helping out in their communitys.

  • SteelersDepot

    I have had some reckless driving where I probably DID deserve a year of jail time and was not even under the influence.

  • Ron Jammes

    If that’s you or I we get a DUI, and all the hell that comes with it. Job loss, no auto insurance, no driving for a year or two and a record that can never be expunged. Try living with that over your head

  • RTFA. No DUI, that was dropped.

  • Not really, almost anyone that can afford a lawyer can get that bargained down to reckless driving. I know a few that have done it.

  • Ron Jammes

    Not in Ohio

  • Bill Evans

    What a sweet deal for him Must be nice to be a rich black man.

  • I was shocked to hear that he would ever make such a decision. Always seemed like such a responsible and classy player. Oh well, I still haven’t lost any respect for him, people make mistakes.

  • David

    Not at all. I know people who got 0 hours community service on their first DUI. On their 2nd DUI they still got less than Hines. Nobody loses their license for more than a few months and even that has a provision for driving to work. I work at a bar and I’ve talked to a number of people who’ve had multiple DUIs. Hines wasn’t let off the hook at all.