Washington Bullets forward Juwan Howard entered a plea of not guilty in D.C. Superior Court yesterday to the charge of driving under the influence last month, but in doing so also agreed to attend a 26-class alcohol rehabilitation and education program.
If Howard completes the court-monitored course, the drunk driving charges will be dropped. The case was continued, with another hearing scheduled for Feb. 24 and, according to D.C. Corporation counsel Charles Ruff, Howard has until that date to complete the course unless he asks for an extension.
The charges against Howard stem from an early morning incident on Nov. 10 when Howard, after attending a party, was stopped in his 1995 Mercedes after running several red lights in downtown Washington. He failed a sobriety test, and was later arrested.
Although Howard entered a plea of not guilty he continued to apologize about the incident after the team's practice yesterday.
"Truly, it was a big mistake that I made. It was an embarrassment to me, my family and the organization," Howard said. "It's good to get it over with. I learned a lesson from it and I hope that others can also learn something from it as well."
Pub Date: 12/04/96