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Former IU Guard Pleads Guilty To DUI

Last updated on Friday, September 14, 2012

(URBANA, IL.) -Former IU guard Verdell Jones III pleaded guilty in Illinois last week for driving under the influence of alcohol the night before he was to depart for Greece to begin his professional basketball career.

The News-Gazette in Champaigne-Urbana, Ill. reports, Verdell was pulled over by an Illinois State trooper for speeding Sept. 2.

He admitted to the officer he had been drinking and agreed to field sobriety tests and a breath test. He blew a blood alcohol level of 0.14 - almost twice the legal limit.

The misdemeanor DUI offense will be removed from Verdell's record as long as he remains offense-free until his court supervision is complete. He had no additional offenses prior to the arrest.

The judge approved that Verdell be allowed to depart for Greece to begin employment.

As part of the sentence, Verdell will attend a victim impact panel and also be subject to a substance abuse evaluation in Illinois.

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