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Mack Sentenced to Jail

December 2, 1998

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Tremain Mack was sentenced to 356 days in jail today for violating his parole by getting arrested on another drunken driving charge in October.

Mack, a second-year pro who was also the Bengals’ kickoff returner, will be jailed in neighboring Clermont County at least through next January, when he’s scheduled to go through an alcohol rehabilitation program that was part of his sentence today.

Clermont County prosecutor Don White said that if Mack completes the program, the rest of his 356-day sentence most likely will be suspended again.

White said prosecutors wanted to send Mack a message by forcing him to miss the Bengals’ last four games, costing him about $60,000 in salary.

Mack went to jail today to complete a 30-day term imposed last year after being arrested in Clermont County.

Municipal Court judge James Shriver ruled that Mack had violated his probation by getting arrested again on the latest a drunken driving charge. He ordered the player to complete portion of the sentence suspended after he pleaded no contest to drunken driving in Clermont County.

``We regret what has happened to Tremain, but he has to answer in the legal system for his actions,″ general manager Mike Brown said. ``We are hopeful that when his sentence concludes, he will be able to get his life back on a productive track.″

Mack, who just turned 24, was arrested in October after police found him passed out at the wheel of his stopped car in the slow-speed lane of Interstate 75 near downtown at 4:44 a.m.

Mack failed field sobriety tests and then pushed the arresting officer and was subdued with the help of a chemical spray, according to the police report.

He was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a license. He is scheduled for trial on those charges in January.

The second-year pro came to the Bengals with a history of alcohol-related arrests. When the Bengals took him out of Miami in the fourth round of the draft last year, Mack already had been arrested six times in the previous four years. At least three of those arrests involved alcohol.

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