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Browns’ Gerard Lawson pleads no contest to DUI

Last weekend Browns defensive back Gerard Lawson was arrested for drunk driving. Today he pleaded no contest.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Lawson got a plea deal that included three other charges -- failure to control his vehicle, driving away from the accident without stopping and not wearing a seat belt -- getting dropped.

Lawson was sentenced to one year of probation, 72 hours of an alternative to jail program, 20 hours of community service, a six-month suspension of his license, two mandatory MADD meetings and a $500 fine.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Lawson at about 2:30 a.m. on August 8 after seeing him hit a car and keep going. Lawson, a 2008 draft pick, played in five games last year.