San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson Pleads Guilty To Second DUI

Jay BrownContributor IFebruary 23, 2010

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17:  Wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers runs with the ball after a catch against the New York Jets during  AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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San Diego Chargers star wide receiver Vincent Jackson was sentenced to four days in a work-release program and five years of probation after pleading guilty to his second DUI charge.

Early reports stated that Jackson was to be sentenced to four days in jail.

He will also have to pay a $2,408 fine, and serve 15 days of community service.

Jackson was arrested in January 2009 for driving under the influence of alcohol. He was administered a blood test and those results showed that his blood-alcohol content was 0.17, double the state limit.

Jackson's attorney Cole Casey sought to have the case dismissed in January 2006 on the grounds the blood evidence had been collected against Jackson's will. He requested a breath test instead.  

He had previously been on five years probation stemming from a 2006 misdemeanor drunken driving guilty plea.

With this second DUI conviction, Jackson will also face discipline from the NFL in the form a one to two game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

However, the DUI arrest was not his only brush with the law this year.

Several hours before the Chargers playoff game against the New York Jets, Jackson was stopped and pulled over near Chargers Park by police citing "loud music" coming from Jackson's car. Upon further review it was determined by the officer that the vehicle registration was expired and Jackson was driving on an invalid license.

Jackson was briefly handcuffed. He was then cited, and released. His vehicle was also impounded.

Jackson's off-field antics didn't prove to be a distraction on the field this season. He put up career high numbers with 68 receptions for 1,167 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Jackson was also selected to his first Pro Bowl. He continued his playmaking abilities with 7 catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. He lead both AFC and NFC squads with the most receiving yards.


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