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New Mexico’s Olney Pleads to DWI

April 14, 1998

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Former New Mexico basketball player Royce Olney pleaded no contest Tuesday to aggravated DWI and running a red light.

The pleas came a week before trial was scheduled.

Metropolitan Judge Donovan Roberts ordered Olney, 22, to pay a $309 fine, serve a 48-hour period of house arrest, attend DWI classes and undergo court-approved counseling, said court secretary Monica Salazar.

Olney’s house arrest must begin sometime before April 25, Salazar said. He will have to wear an electric monitoring device and be in touch with court authorities at all times.

In exchange for the plea, Olney can wipe the charge off his record if he is not convicted of another crime for one year.

Olney was arrested Oct. 5 after reportedly ran a red light. Police said his blood-alcohol level was 0.16, twice the state’s legal limit for intoxication.

Olney, one of the top 3-point shooters in the nation, was suspended for an exhibition game after the arrest became public. He was benched near the end of the season after tearing a ligament in his right knee in late February.

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