DUI Charges Dropped Against Hines Ward

The Pittsburgh Steeler and "Dancing with the Stars" winner must complete 80 hours of community service and undergo an alcohol evaluation, though.

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012  |  Updated 5:57 AM EDT
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Pittsburgh Steeler and "Dancing with the Stars" winner Hines Ward has had DUI charges against him dropped.

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Prosecutors have dropped DUI charges against Pittsburgh Steelers receiver and "Dancing With the Stars" winner Hines Ward.

Georgia's DeKalb County Prosecutor Sonja N. Brown said Wednesday that Ward pleaded guilty to reckless driving and was given a year on probation. She says he also was fined $2,000 and must do 80 hours of community service. He also must undergo alcohol evaluation.

The 35-year-old Super Bowl XL MVP had been pulled over late at night in July on a highway outside Atlanta for weaving into another lane and hitting a curb, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. According to police, he failed field sobriety tests and wouldn't take a Breathalyzer. He was booked into the DeKalb County jail and later released on bond.

Ward used to be a primary receiving target but last season wasn't used as much. He has two years remaining on his deal and has said he's willing to restructure it to finish his career with Pittsburgh.

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