Texan pleads guilty to DWI

September 22, 2009 10:11:11 AM PDT
Houston Texans wide receiver Jacoby Jones pleaded guilty to DWI. It stemmed from an incident back in March of last year. Under the agreement, he will enter a special program for first time offenders. Jones appeared in court around 10am. He pleaded guilty to DWI and the judge approved him for entry into a special program.

The Divert Program is new to Harris County. It began about two months ago. Qualifying offenders who are charged with their first DWI can plead guilty. In exchange, they attend alcohol education classes and could have monitoring devices placed on their cars or on their bodies.

In March, police arrested the Texans wide receiver near downtown on suspicion of drunk driving. At that time, Jones allegedly registered .13 on a Breathalyzer test. The legal limit is .08.

Jones said the incident has changed him.

"I want everybody to know that I made a mistake," he said. "I learned from it. I hope that kids learn from it. I will never make that mistake again. I appreciate the opportunity to be in the program."

Jones' attorney Chip Lewis says the NFL player will begin those alcohol education classes on Thursday. Lewis refused to go into further detail about a possible alcohol detecting device.

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