Huggins to attend alcohol education class

Updated: June 16, 2004, 11:50 AM ET
Associated Press

FAIRFAX, Ohio -- Suspended Cincinnati basketball coach Bob Huggins was ordered to attend an alcohol education course Tuesday after pleading no contest to a drunken driving charge.

Huggins was ordered to pay a $350 fine plus court costs and attend the three-day state-certified intervention program by Magistrate John Holschuh Jr. of the Fairfax Mayor's Court. Holschuh suspended a six-month jail sentence and $650 of a $1,000 fine provided Huggins completes the other requirements.

Huggins also can't drive for 15 days, and then he will be limited to driving to and from work, for medical purposes and other special circumstances for the remainder of a six-month period.

Huggins' lawyer, Richard Katz, entered the plea, and the only time Huggins spoke was to reply "No, sir," when asked by the magistrate if he had anything to add.

Huggins and his lawyer exited through a back door of the courtroom and were not available for comment.

Huggins was arrested June 8, and the police report said Huggins failed a sobriety test and had vomit on the inside of his car.

Cincinnati placed Huggins on indefinite suspension, and top assistant Dan Peters was named interim coach on Monday.

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