Abraham to plead guilty to lesser charge

Updated: October 7, 2003, 1:36 PM ET

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- New York Jets defensive end John Abraham pleaded guilty Tuesday to a lesser charge of driving while impaired and will avoid the jail time he could've faced if convicted of driving drunk.

Under a deal with prosecutors, Abraham's driver's license was suspended for 90 days and he was fined $330.

Abraham was arrested Oct. 1 after driving his sport utility vehicle into a fire hydrant and light pole. He and two passengers were not injured.

He originally was charged with driving while intoxicated after police measured his blood-alcohol level at 0.26 percent, more than three times the legal limit. The charge carries a sentence of up to one year in jail.

Abraham did not make a statement in court Tuesday or speak to reporters afterward.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection also has agreed to undergo alcohol counseling.

Abraham is expected to return to practice with the Jets on Wednesday. The team has not decided whether to penalize him.

Abraham was a first-round draft pick in 2000 -- one of a record four the Jets had that year -- and has been the team's most consistent defender the last two years, when he made the Pro Bowl.

In 2001, he had 13 sacks among his 82 tackles and the Jets made the playoffs. Last season, he had 10 sacks, again in 82 tackles, and the team won the AFC East.

This season, he has 2 1/2 sacks.

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