Dennard can head to Patriots' training camp

2013-07-24T10:30:00Z 2015-02-03T10:51:04Z Dennard can head to Patriots' training campBy the Lincoln Journal Star
July 24, 2013 10:30 am  • 

Alfonzo Dennard went to court Wednesday for the first time since a Lincoln police officer stopped him on suspicion of driving drunk.

The former Husker and current New England Patriots cornerback appeared a week earlier than originally set for arraignment on an allegation he violated probation.

His attorney, Terry Dougherty, on Wednesday asked for a date for a preliminary hearing and sought to clarify that Dennard still could travel out of the state, as he did before.

District Judge Robert Otte said the probation conditions Dennard had before still apply.

The Patriots begin their training camp Friday in Foxboro, Mass.

Asked Wednesday about Dennard, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he couldn't comment.

In April, District Judge Stephanie Stacy sentenced Dennard to two years' probation for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest in downtown Lincoln in 2012, the weekend before he was chosen by the Patriots in the NFL Draft.

Earlier this month, the Lancaster County Attorney's Office filed a motion seeking to revoke Dennard's probation based on the new allegation.

Just before 2 a.m. on July 11, Lincoln police say a sergeant pulled over Dennard, 23, on Normal Boulevard near 52nd Street driving a 2011 Honda Accord.

He was arrested on suspicion of DUI, refusing a chemical test and straddling lanes.

Police say Dennard was taken to detox, where he blew too softly during an alcohol-breath test.

Outside the courtroom after the brief hearing Wednesday, Dennard and Dougherty both declined to comment.

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