Darrius Heyward-Bey pleads no contest to DUI charges


Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey pleaded no contest Monday to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge, according to the Contra Costa Times.

The plea was in exchange for three years’ probation, three months of DUI classes and fines and court costs.

Heyward-Bey was arrested in April, and blood alcohol tests registered 0.12 and 0.13, well above the legal limit of 0.08.

The 25-year-old wideout was coming off his best season, leading the Raiders with 64 catches for 965 yards. And while his attorney said he had “serious issues” with the case, the decision was made not to take it to trial.

Attorney Ivan Golde said Heyward-Bey wanted to “put this behind him,” saying a trial “would be an undue hardship,” on his client.