Charges Dropped Against Starks

The Dolphins defense end is off the hook for a Memorial Day weekend traffic altercation

Prosecutors have dropped felony charges against Miami Dolphins defense end Randy Starks stemming from a May traffic altercation with police.

Court records show charges of aggravated battery were reduced Tuesday to the misdemeanor of culpable negligence. The original charge carried a possible prison sentence of five years, but misdemeanors usually do not result in jail time.

Miami Beach police say Starks was driving a large truck packed with people along Ocean Drive last Memorial Day weekend when an officer came up alongside. Starks allegedly swerved slightly, striking the officer and pinning him against another vehicle. The officer wasn't injured.

Starks' attorney did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment Wednesday.


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