Sacto 9-1-1
January 11, 2011
Ex-Kings player Wright gets probation for DUI in Rocklin

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

wright.JPGFormer Sacramento Kings basketball player Antoine Wright was sentenced today to three years of informal probation for a Nov. 5 drunken driving arrest in Rocklin. (Photo at left is courtesy of the Placer County Sheriff's Department.)

Wright, 26, who was not present at the sentencing, was also given a 15-day jail sentence by Placer County Superior Curt Judge Alan Pineschi. The judge said Wright could apply for sentencing such as a work project or home detention, according to a Placer County District Attorney's Office news release. Pineschi also imposed a $450 fine.

Wright's attorney, William Portanova, entered a plea of no contest for his client to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

Two other misdemeanor counts - being an unlicensed driver and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher - were dismissed in the plea arrangement with the District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutor Matt Block said the former Kings player had a blood alcohol level of 0.20 percent. In California, a person is considered legally intoxicated at a level of 0.08 percent.

Wright was released by the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 29, and Portanova told the court that Wright is no longer in California.

Judge Pineschi, who gave Wright credit for one day of time served, said the defendant must report to the Placer County jail on March 30 to serve the remaining 14 days unless he applies for and is granted alternative sentencing conditions from the Placer County Probation Department.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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