Abdullah gets probation, treatment program

Updated: February 5, 2004, 1:49 AM ET
Associated Press

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. -- Chicago Bears running back Rabih Abdullah has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence after he crashed his sport utility vehicle twice on the same day.

Abdullah was sentenced to a year's probation and ordered to pay $1,344 in fines and court costs Tuesday as part of his plea agreement. He also must attend an alcohol and substance abuse program and a victim's impact panel.

Additional charges of leaving an accident scene and improper lane usage were set aside, as long as Abdullah pays his fine by April 20 and stays out of trouble during his year of court supervision.

Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Rich Karwaczka said prosecutors agreed to the plea deal because Abdullah had no prior record of driving under the influence.

Abdullah made no statement in court and left without speaking to reporters.

Police said that on the morning of Oct. 7, Abdullah's SUV sideswiped another vehicle driven by a 26-year-old Evanston man. The driver was not injured.

About 10 minutes later, Abdullah lost control of his SUV, and it flipped over a guard rail and rammed into a fence, police said. He was hospitalized overnight with a concussion.

Bears spokesman Scott Hagel refused to comment on the plea Wednesday, saying it was "an issue we addressed internally."

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