49er Bryant pleads not guilty, avoids appearance
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
December 28, 2006
SAN MATEO (BCN) - San Francisco 49er wide receiver Antonio
Bryant entered a not guilty plea today in connection to his arrest
in November for allegedly driving his orange Lamborghini over
120 mph in San Mateo, the district attorney's office reported.
San Mateo Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said
this morning that Bryant did not appear in court to enter the
plea, but his attorney filed the plea and subsequent waiver in
Bryant was charged with driving under the influence, reckless
driving and resisting arrest on Nov. 19 after San Mateo police
stopped him on U.S. Highway 101.
According to Wagstaffe, Bryant initially evaded Redwood City
police in the sports car, which had no front or rear license plate.
Bryant eventually stopped for San Mateo police but he refused
to submit to field sobriety or chemical tests. Police took him
into custody using a restraining system called a "wrap"
device, Wagstaffe said.
Police released Bryant on his own recognizance, but the National
Football League handed Bryant a four-game suspension for violating
the league's substance abuse policy.
Bryant is a six-year veteran of the league and 2006 was his first
year with the 49ers. He is scheduled for a pretrial hearing on
Feb. 13 and a jury trial on March 5.
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