SAN DIEGO (AP) -Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of driving with a blood-alcohol level above the state's legal limit the night he was followed and shot by an off-duty police officer.
Foley was sentenced by Judge Charles Rogers to five years probation and ordered to submit to alcohol testing if requested by authorities. He also was ordered to pay a $1,756 fine and appear at a public event for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
A related charge of driving under the influence was dropped, prosecutor James Koerber said.
Attorneys entered the plea on behalf of Foley, who was not in court. A trial had been set to begin next week.
The 31-year-old Foley was shot early on Sept. 3 near his Poway home by officer Aaron Mansker, who had tailed the player's 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme for nearly 30 miles on a freeway on suspicion the driver was drunk.
Foley, who had been partying in downtown San Diego, was taken to a hospital, where tests showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 percent. California's limit is 0.08 percent.
Mansker, a rookie officer with the Coronado Police Department, was in civilian clothes and driving his own car. He ended up cornered in a cul-de-sac in front of Foley's home. The player got out of his car and began walking toward Mansker, who fired shots into Foley's knee, hand and thigh, effectively ending the linebacker's career.
Foley, who now walks with a limp, missed the season and in March was released two years early from his contract with the Chargers. He has filed a civil complaint seeking damages from Mansker and the city of Coronado.
``His justice is coming,'' said Foley's civil attorney, Jordan Cohen. ``He has taken responsibility for the crime he committed, the system has imposed the proper punishment on him, and now it's time for the officer and the city of Coronado to take responsibility for what happened that night.''
Last week, a jury found Foley's companion, Lisa Maree Gaut, guilty of felony assault with a deadly weapon. She was accused of trying to run Mansker down with Foley's car after the player got out to confront the officer. Mansker testified in Gaut's trial that he verbally identified himself repeatedly as a police officer and fired at Foley after the player reached for his waistband. Foley was unarmed.
Mansker remains under investigation for his actions.
Foley has been arrested at least five times since 1999, including an April 2006 incident in which he was booked on suspicion of resisting arrest after a scuffle with police officers in San Diego. Charges never were brought in that case.
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