Houston Texan Football Player to Enter DWI Diversion Program

Jacoby Jones Houston DWIWide receiver for the NFL Houston Texans Jacoby Jones is due in court this morning and he is expected to enter a guilty plea to driving while intoxicated in TX. As part of a plea agreement, Jones with enter the DIVERT program for one year. The special program set up by the Harris County District Attorney’s office allows qualifying defendants who have been charged with DWI in Houston to plead guilty and then have the case expunged after one year if stringent conditions are met. The defendant would be required to enter alcohol education classes and install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle. In some cases, the defendant must wear an alcohol detecting bracelet and be tested regularly on a home breathalyzer.

According to the Assistant District Attorney who developed the program, 490 Texas DWI defendants have qualified for DIVERT. The program started on August 1 of this year.

Jones was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Houston on March 16, 2008 after police found him around 3:00 am asleep behind the wheel of a late model Nissan Altima stopped in traffic. Jones reportedly registered a blood alcohol content of .135%, substantially higher than the .08% legal threshold for intoxication in Texas.

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