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Raiders Coach Pleads No Contest

February 24, 1999

PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) _ Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden was fined $750 after pleading no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving in a move to avoid drunken-driving charges.

Gruden was stopped by police in Pleasanton in October after leaving a team party. His blood-alcohol level was slightly above the legal limit.

``We’re very pleased the DUI charges have been dropped,″ said his attorney, Christine Arguedas. ``I know he’s glad to have this behind him.″

The coach was not in court during the brief courthouse hearing on Tuesday.

The case was described as ``borderline″ by prosecutor Ken Ryken.

Had Gruden been convicted of drunken-driving, he could have been fined $1,400, spend two days in jail or a work program and complete three years’ probation.

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