Rams DE won't be considered repeat offender

CLAYTON, Mo. - St. Louis Rams defensive end Leonard Little was found not guilty of drunken driving Friday by a St. Louis County Circuit jury.

Jurors ruled that Little was speeding at the time of his arrest
April 24 on Interstate 64 in a St. Louis suburb. He will be sentenced on that charge May 6.

"We're absolutely thrilled," said Little's lawyer, Scott
Rosenblum. "Couldn't be happier."

Leonard Little Little

Little will not be considered a persistent offender, which had
been a possibility under the charges because he pleaded guilty to
involuntary manslaughter in a 1998 drunken-driving accident in
downtown St. Louis that killed 47-year-old Susan Gutweiler.

Little served three months in jail, completed 1,000 hours of
community service and four years of probation for the earlier
crime. He was also suspended without pay for the first half of the
1999 season.

The prosecution argued in this case that Little failed several
field sobriety tests when stopped for speeding and refused to be
chemically tested for alcohol when taken into custody.

Rosenblum countered that his client should be cleared, arguing
in part that the officer at the scene failed to give Little the proper instructions.

Rosenblum said during the trial that Little had consumed two
beers and was not intoxicated when stopped by police, who
reportedly found Little driving 78 mph in a 55-mph zone.

Little had 46 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks and recovered four fumbles last
season. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2003.