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Howard Pleads Not Guilty, Enters Alcohol Education Program

December 3, 1996

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Washington Bullets forward Juwan Howard agreed to enter an alcohol rehabilitation and education program Tuesday after pleading not guilty to driving while intoxicated.

District of Columbia Superior Court commissioner Ronald Goodbread then continued the case until Feb. 24. If Howard completes the count-monitored course by that date, the charges will be dropped.

Howard was arrested Nov. 11 after his 1995 Mercedes-Benz was speeding in Northwest Washington. Police said he had just left a private party at a nightclub.

Howard apologized for the incident later in the day, calling it ``truly a big embarrassment for me and for my family and also for the Bullets organization.″

D.C. Corporation counsel Charles Ruff, who oversees the court’s rehabilitation programs, said Howard was not receiving special treatment because of his celebrity status.

``He’s getting the same course any first-time offender would get in his situation,″ Ruff said.

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