Posey agrees to plead guilty on reckless driving charge

Updated: August 17, 2007, 3:20 PM ET
Associated Press

James Posey


MIAMI -- Former Miami Heat player James Posey has agreed to plead guilty to reckless driving in connection with an incident in April on Miami Beach, prosecutors said Friday.

Posey, who is unsigned, agreed to a deal involving lesser charges. He was originally arrested on drunken-driving charges after Miami Beach police pulled him over for stopping in the middle of a road April 9.

Police said he was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and his breath smelled of alcohol. Posey refused to take a breath test.

According to the plea agreement, Posey must perform 50 hours of community service and complete six months of probation. He also must pay court costs, a $250 fine, donate $25 to the Ryder Trauma Center and attend DUI school.

Posey repeatedly said during the latter part of the season that he was innocent of the drunken-driving charge. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, did not immediately return a message on Friday.

Posey made $6.4 million last season, his second with the Heat, and Miami is among the teams still pursuing Posey in the free-agent market. Posey averaged 7.7 points last season for Miami, and was a big part of the Heat's run to the NBA championship in 2006.

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