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James Padgett pleads guilty to reckless driving, won't miss any Terps games

James Padgett will not miss any games due to suspension stemming from his arrest this summer.


Maryland forward James Padgett will not be suspended by the basketball team stemming from his arrest this past summer for DWI, according to his attorney on Friday. The state of Maryland amended Padgett's charge to reckless driving, which removes all alcohol related charges and will only include a charge of failure to display low lighted front lamps.

Padgett's attorney contested that Maryland police did not wait the proper amount of time between his first and second breath test (the test was administered eight minutes apart instead of the required 20), which did not allow the alcohol to dissipate from Padgett's mouth.

Following his court date on Friday, Padgett plead guilty to the reckless driving charge and will pay a $250 fine, serve one-year unsupervised probation, perform 40 hours of community service and attend one Mother's Against Drunk Driving impact panel.

According to his attorney, the community service will have Padgett involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and will be completed within six months. After the one-year probation is completed, his charge will be stricken.