Sonics' Lewis pleads not guilty to DUI charge

Updated: December 21, 2005, 1:01 AM ET
Associated Press

REDMOND, Wash. -- Seattle SuperSonics forward Rashard Lewis pleaded not guilty Monday to a drunken driving charge.

 Rashard Lewis
Lewis

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. The next pretrial hearing is Jan. 19.

Lewis' lawyer won a ruling during a hearing when the judge agreed the player's breath tests won't be used as evidence. Prosecutor spokesman Dan Donohoe said the case will be prosecuted based on field sobriety tests.

Lewis failed field sobriety and breath tests Sept. 30 after he was stopped by a trooper on Interstate 90. Lewis was charged Dec. 5 with driving under the influence of alcohol.


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