UF receiver gets probation, fine for DUI

Published: Friday, July 16, 2010 at 4:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 16, 2010 at 4:38 p.m.

Florida sophomore wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. was sentenced to probation and fined as part of a plea deal in his DUI case.

Hammond, 20, has been suspended from all team activities since his June 13 DUI arrest on the University of Florida campus.

On Friday he was sentenced to the standard sanctions for first-time DUI offenders in the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Hammond was ordered to pay a $500 fine and court costs, perform 50 hours of community service, and serve a 12-month probationary sentence. His drivers license was suspended for six months and he was ordered to undergo a substance abuse evaluation and receive treatment if it is recommended as a result of the evaluation.

According to a University Police Department report, Hammond was pulled over for driving more than 45 miles per hour in a 20 mph zone and swerving on GaleLemerand Drive at 2:09 a.m. on the Sunday he was arrested. Hammond's breath tests registered blood alcohol levels of 0.188 and 0.191, both more than double the limit of 0.08 at which drivers are presumed drunk under Florida law.

Police also said they found two open bottles of Crown Royal in Hammond's car.

Hammond, who was expected to be a key player in the Gators' receiving corps this season, likely will miss some playing time due to his arrest. Junior defensive end Carlos Dunlap was suspended from last December's SEC Championship Game following his DUI arrest earlier in the week. Dunlap was reinstated forUF's game against Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl.

Hammond is at least the 28th player arrested in the Urban Meyer era.

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