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Dennard pleads no contest to refusing breathalyzer; DUI charge dismissed

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Posted By:  Jenn Hatcher
Jhatcher@klkntv.com

Former Husker Alfonzo Dennard was back in court Friday to face a DUI charge.

On July 11, Dennard was pulled over by a Lincoln police officer for straddling center lines. 

As a result, Dennard was charged with DUI, refusal to submit a chemical test and failure to comply.

However, after a plea deal, the DUI and failure to comply charges were dismissed.

Dennard pleaded no contest to refusing a breathalyzer test.

The court found him guilty on the refusal charge and sentenced him Friday.  

"It's not unusual for one charge out of an incident that... the defendant admits to one of those charges and the other charges are dismissed as apart of a plea agreement," says Dennard's attorney, Alan Stoler.

Assistant prosecutor Christine Loseke said the DUI and refusal to submit charges carry the same penalty and that it's common for people charged with one to have the other dismissed. 

Dennard was sentenced to pay a $500 fine, his license is suspended for 60 days and he will serve probation concurrently with the term he's on for striking a police officer in 2012.

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Just a day before, On Thursday, a judge extended Dennard's probation from two to three years and his jail sentence from 30 to 60 days.

The jail term is set for March.

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