Raiders player receives probation, classes in DUI case

Getty Image File PhotoDarrius Heyward-Bey was ordered three years probation and three months worth of DUI classes after being pulled over for drunk driving in San Francisco on April 7.

Getty Image File PhotoDarrius Heyward-Bey was ordered three years probation and three months worth of DUI classes after being pulled over for drunk driving in San Francisco on April 7.

Darrius Heyward-Bey will stick to just weaving on a football field.

Wanting to shift his focus to the upcoming summer training camp, the Raiders wide receiver pleaded no contest on Monday to misdemeanor DUI stemming from an April 7 arrest in which he was reportedly speeding and weaving on the San Francisco side of the Bay Bridge.

Heyward-Bey, who was stopped by police about 2 a.m. after reportedly leaving a San Francisco nightclub, struck a plea agreement with prosecutors that includes three years’ probation and three months worth of DUI classes.

Though his attorney, Ivan Golde, had previously expressed concern with the prosecution’s case, Golde told a Superior Court judge on Monday that pursuing a jury trial would be a distraction from football.

Raiders players are set to report to summer training camp in Napa on Sunday. Heyward-Bey wants to put the DUI case “behind him,” Golde said.

In the past, the receiver has reportedly said he regrets “bringing bad attention to the team.”

In a prior court appearance, Golde told the media that the 25-year-old has no prior convictions and is “a good guy.”

The California Highway Patrol reported in April that Heyward-Bey had been speeding and weaving on the lower deck of the bridge in his 2012 Range Rover. He was given field sobriety tests, which he failed, Officer Tony Tam said. Heyward-Bey’s blood alcohol content was reportedly 0.13; the legal limit in California is 0.08.

The Raiders picked Heyward-Bey in the first round of the 2009 draft. He then signed a five-year contract worth $38 million.

Heyward-Bey has had his share of criticism over his performance with the Raiders, but his stats have risen steadily over the past three seasons. Last season, he led the team in receiving with 975 yards on 64 catches in 15 games.

maldax@sfexaminer.com
Bay City News contributed to this report

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