Haggans sentenced for lesser charge

Clark Haggans kept his arrest quiet for the better part of a year, but it popped into the news at the most important time of his financial career.

According to the Associated Press out of Brighton, Colorado, Haggans has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for driving while impaired on June 21, 2003.

The news comes to light less than two weeks before Haggans must decide whether to return to the Steelers or test the unrestricted free-agent waters for the first time.

The Steelers are expected to make Haggans, a four-year veteran, their top priority from among their group of unrestricted free agents. Haggans could even come to training camp in July as the team's starter at left outside linebacker, pending the Steelers' decision on declining starter Jason Gildon.

Haggans was arrested in the north-Denver suburb of Federal Heights last June after what police described as a confrontation between passengers in two vehicles. Haggans allegedly left his car to pursue someone else.

The good news for Haggans is that he wasn't charged with the more serious offense of drunken driving and driving without a driver's license after he was found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.24.

Clark Haggans instead pleaded guilty to the charge of driving while impaired and was sentenced to 10 days in jail, described as a standard sentence for first-time offenders. Haggans must also serve six months of probation and 24 hours of public service.

A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 31 to review the case.

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