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Probation, No Jail Time For Ravens Player Drunk-Driving on Route 1

Ravens linebacker Sergio Kindle pleaded guilty to drunken driving in Savage in December.

A linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens who was arrested in Savage in December and accused of driving drunk will not spend any time behind bars.

Sergio Kindle was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation on Tuesday, according to the Howard County Times.

Kindle had pleaded guilty and was facing a five-day jail sentence that is mandatory for people convicted twice on charges of driving under the influence, the article said.

But Judge Neil Edward Axel said he was satisfied with the five days in which Kindle had been in an inpatient treatment facility, according to the Times.

Kindle, 23, was arrested early in the morning on Dec. 26. He was driving northbound on Route 1 at about 4:09 a.m. and was at the intersection with Route 32 when he was pulled over, according to online court records.

Kindle's vehicle—a 2004 Cadillac with Texas license plates—was seen weaving on the road, a Howard County police spokeswoman told The Baltimore Sun in December.

Kindle was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, failing to obey a traffic control device and speeding. He was allegedly driving 70 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to online court records. His blood alcohol level was .17, according to the Times.

The rookie linebacker did not play for the team this past season due to injury.

DW May 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Sensors placed in cars at the point of manufacture that are designed to prevent an impaired driver from starting a motor vehicle is a true solution. This behavior has been with us for decades and isn't going away.
Karen Walker May 11, 2011 at 06:50 PM
what the heck? what makes him so different from anyone eles , I think that him and anyone eles that gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle drunk should go directly to jail do not pass go . They have to learn a lesson, what would have been his punishment if he would have had an accident and killed someone? its too late then, This has to stop If your going to drink DONT DRIVE
Margaretann McNair February 28, 2013 at 07:12 AM
There are no penalties for athletes in any state. This why they get into so much trouble after their playing years are over. Never accountable.

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