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OAKLAND RAIDERS RAP

Woodson Gets Probation

Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson was placed on probation for one year for impaired driving after a chairty golf tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The 1997 Heisman Trophy winner was sentenced July 19, 2000.

Woodson (right) must perform 60 hours of community service by speaking to youth groups in California and undergo alcohol counseling, according to published reports. The former Michigan All-American and two-time Pro Bowl cornerback also could be fined up to $20,000 by the NFL in this case.

Woodson, 23, faced up to 93 days in jail and $300 in fines. He was arrested May 24, 2000 and pleaded guilty June 14, 2000 to the impaired driving charge. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop misdemeanor charges of operating under the influence of liquor and driving with a suspended license.

Woodson was arrested in Ann Arbor, where he co-hosted a charity golf event with fellow Michigan alum Jim Harbaugh. Woodson reportedly was jailed for 11 hours before he posted $475 in bond.

He registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.24 percent in a preliminary breath test when he was stopped. Subsequent tests at police headquarters registered 0.20 percent and 0.18 percent. Under Michigan law, a level of 0.10 percent constitutes legal drunkenness.

Speaking to reporters at the start of a Raiders minicamp on June 15, 2000, Woodson said: "Having been put in handcuffs for the first time is definitely an eye-opener. I think it's more embarrassing, for me, to have my mother have to go through this."

Published: 7-21-2000

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