Charge against Starks reduced

7/29/2009 - NFL Randy Starks Miami Dolphins + more

MIAMI -- Prosecutors have dropped felony charges against Miami Dolphins defensive end Randy Starks stemming from a May traffic altercation with police.

Court records show charges of aggravated battery were reduced Tuesday to the misdemeanor of culpable negligence. The original charge carried a possible prison sentence of five years, but misdemeanors usually do not result in jail time.

Miami Beach police say Starks was driving a large truck packed with people along Ocean Drive last Memorial Day weekend when an officer walked up alongside. Starks allegedly swerved slightly, striking the officer and pinning him against another vehicle. The officer was not hurt.

Starks' attorney did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment Wednesday.