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Charger Jamal Williams Pleads Guilty To Traffic Violations

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A standout defensive nose tackle for the San Diego Chargers, arrested Feb. 1 on suspicion of drunken driving, pleaded guilty today to a pair of traffic infractions for an illegal lane change and speeding.

Jamal Williams, 32, was never charged with DUI, according to defense attorney Greg Turner, who said the San Diego City Attorney's Office filed reckless driving charges against his client.

"Essentially, he pled guilty to what he did," Turner said outside court.

The attorney said Williams was charged appropriately once it was determined that his blood-alcohol level was .07 percent -- under the state limit of .08 to operate a motor vehicle.

Turner said the case was sensationalized and made headlines because Williams -- a 350-pound standout defensive player -- was arrested on suspicion of DUI after he was pulled over going 85 mph on state Route 94 east of downtown.

"The arrest occurs with a bang and the vindication occurs with a whisper," the attorney told reporters.

Turner praised prosecutors for properly evaluating the case and agreeing to settle it. "They realized very early on it wasn't a DUI case," the attorney said.

Williams -- who was not present for today's court hearing -- will attend traffic school to have the infractions cleared from his record, Turner said.

Commissioner Lee Witham also ordered Williams to pay $472 in fines.

Williams is entering his 12th year with the Chargers.

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