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
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
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."