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Vikings Wide Receiver Avoids Jail Time With Plea

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson avoided jail time after pleading guilty to careless driving and refusing to take a DWI test.

In return Thursday, prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired against Simpson.

The Star Tribune reports Simpson was sentenced just for the careless driving misdemeanor. Sentencing on his refusal to submit to the test was stayed.

Simpson was ordered to do 120 hours of community service in public schools. He also must attend alcohol seminars and will be on probation for a year.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Simpson plans to lecture students about staying in school and making good choices.

The 27-year-old was arrested Nov. 9 after a state trooper responded to a stalled car blocking lanes on Interstate 394 out of downtown Minneapolis.

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