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UConn’s Klaiber To Enter Program

February 3, 1998

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut basketball player Antric E. Klaiber, who was charged with drunken driving last month, will enter an alcohol education program under a special form of probation he received Monday.

The charges against Klaiber, 21, will be dismissed in a year if he successfully completes the alcohol education classes and maintains a clean record.

Klaiber was arrested by state police Jan. 21 after the car he was driving struck a Jersey barrier on Interstate 84 east of Hartford. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving too fast for conditions, and failure to wear a seatbelt.

Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun suspended the 6-foot-10 reserve forward the day of the arrest. Last Wednesday, he lifted the suspension and brought Klaiber back to the team as a practice player. On Monday, UConn won a third straight game without him, beating Villanova 80-65 at home.

Calhoun said he would evaluate Klaiber’s status on a day-to-day basis.

Superior Court Judge Edward Leavitt granted Klaiber what is known as accelerated rehabilitation. The program is available only to defendants charged for the first time with a drunken driving offense.

Before the suspension, Klaiber was averaging nearly 19 minutes a game this season, 4.2 points and four rebounds.

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