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Gruden Avoids DUI Charges


Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden was fined $750 after pleading no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving in a move to avoid drunken-driving charges.

Gruden was stopped by police in Pleasanton in October after leaving a team party. His blood-alcohol level was slightly above the legal limit.

"We're very pleased the DUI charges have been dropped," said his attorney, Christine Arguedas. "I know he's glad to have this behind him."

The coach was not in court during the brief courthouse hearing on Tuesday.

The case was described as "borderline" by prosecutor Ken Ryken.

Had Gruden been convicted of drunken-driving, he could have been fined $1,400, spend two days in jail or a work program and complete three years' probation.

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