Baltimore Ravens: Sergio Kindle Stays out of Jail with His Day in Court

Alan ZlotorzynskiCorrespondent IIIMay 10, 2011

Sergio Kindle and his attorney Warren Alperstein. (Jed Kirschbaum, Baltimore Sun / May 10, 2011)
Sergio Kindle and his attorney Warren Alperstein. (Jed Kirschbaum, Baltimore Sun / May 10, 2011)

Ravens linebacker Sergio Kindle plead guilty Tuesday in a Howard County Maryland courtroom, to drunken-driving charges stemming from his arrest this past December.

The second year linebacker, who has yet to play a down for the Baltimore Ravens, avoided jail time when Judge Neil Edward Axel rejected prosecutors' request that Kindle receive 30 days in jail.

Judge Axel ruled that Kindle has already taken the necessary steps to get treatment by attending self-help facilities in Texas and Maryland.

Kindle did not walk away unscathed as he received a one-year sentence with all but five days suspended. Axel allowed the five days Kindle spent in a treatment facility to count as time served.

Aside from the suspended sentence, Kindle also received two years of unsupervised probation and was ordered to abstain from alcohol.

Axel waived a $1,000 fine, but also ordered Kindle to continue to attend one to two self-help meetings a week.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Kindle's lawyer, Warren Alperstein, said his client is classified as a "stage two" offender in terms of the National Football League's alcohol and drug policy, and since February, had been subject to 10 random urine analysis tests, until the league's collective bargaining agreement with the players union expired in March.

Howard County State's Attorney, Dario J. Broccolino, said he was disappointed with the judge's decision.

The once promising but oft injured and troubled Kindle, was a second round (43rd selection) draft choice of the Ravens in the 2010 NFL Draft.

He missed what would have been his rookie season after he reportedly fell down a flight of stairs and fractured his skull at a friend’s home in Texas before the start of training camp last year.

Kindle was pulled over in December in Savage, MD  and cited for driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and related offenses. He was clocked driving 70 mph in a 55 mph hour zone and was observed swerving close to cars.

He was officially charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired, speeding, and failing to obey properly placed traffic control device instructions. Kindle's blood-alcohol level was measured at a .17, more than twice the legal limit in Maryland.

This was not Kindle's first arrest for driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Kindle’s first offense came in July 2007 while attending the University of Texas.

The 6’3", 250-pound linebacker was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and was suspended by Texas coach Mack Brown for the first three games of the season.

Less than two years later, Kindle was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after his car crashed into a campus apartment.

Many believed that Kindle was once again under the influence of alcohol, a charge Kindle denied.

The Ravens liked the interview process with Kindle prior to last year’s draft and believed players like the great Ray Lewis in the Baltimore locker room would mentor the troubled rookie.