Denver Bronco D.J. Williams sentenced to home detention for driving while ability impaired

Linebacker found guilty of DWAI in August

DENVER - Denver Bronco D.J. Williams was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days home detention and two years of probation for driving while ability impaired and not having his headlights turned on. The home detention will begin Feb. 17, 2013.

The suspended Bronco linebacker was found guilty of DWAI in August. He was arrested in Nov. 12, 2010, after two Denver officers pulled him over near Ninth and Broadway for driving without his headlights on.

Officers testified in the August trial that he smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes. Williams refused a breath and blood test so his exact blood content is unclear, according to the Denver Post.

The newspaper also reported that Williams failed several roadside sobriety tests, including ones where he had to balance on one foot and walk in a straight line. Williams' attorney argued that football injuries could have caused him to fail those roadside maneuvers.

The NFL suspended Williams for three games because it was his second such arrest in his seven seasons in Denver, violating the league's substance abuse policy. He was already serving a six-game suspension for supplying a "non-human" urine sample during a drug test.

Prosecutors said they asked the judge to sentence Williams to 30 days in jail. However, the judge instead sentenced Williams to 30 days home detention, two years of supervised probation, mandatory participation in a Victim Impact Panel, monitored sobriety, alcohol education classes and therapy, 56 hours of community service and $2,390 in court costs, fees and fines. 

The Broncos stripped Williams of his captain's title shortly after his arrest.

He's expected to be back on the field in mid-November.

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