Duke lacrosse player pleads guilty to DUI charge

Updated: August 5, 2006, 8:09 PM ET
Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- A member of the Duke University men's lacrosse team has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired, and prosecutors in return dropped a marijuana possession charge.

Matthew Peter Wilson of Durham, a senior who played midfielder on the team, is not among the athletes charged with raping an exotic dancer at a team party in March. But his arrest in May added fuel to complaints about the team's players.

He was suspended from the team after his arrest.

Wilson was stopped by Chapel Hill police May 24 after running a red light. Officers said they found marijuana in his vehicle and that Wilson registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.21 percent.

He pleaded guilty to the DUI charge July 20 in Orange County District Court.

Wilson received a 30-day suspended jail sentence and was put on probation for a year. His driving privileges were restricted and he was ordered to pay $410 in fines and fees. He also must complete 24 hours of community service over the next few months.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press