Ex-NFL receiver Thomas pleads guilty to careless driving


Los Angeles (AFP)

Former NFL wide receiver Demaryius Thomas pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of careless driving resulting in injury, according to a posting on the league's website.

Thomas, a former Denver Broncos and Houston Texans wideout who is now a free agent, was involved in a February single-vehicle rollover car crash in Denver, during which "serious bodily injuries" were suffered by a passenger.

The crash came a few days after he was released by the Texans.

Thomas was later arrested on charges of vehicular assault, driving without proof of insurance and a reckless driving charge that was later dropped.

He must pay a $300 fine and court costs, complete 50 hours of community service and spend one year on probation.

Police said Thomas was driving when his car drove off the left side of the roadway, over a raised median onto another road and into another media, becoming airborne and tumbling end over end before landing on its wheels in a grassy area.

Police concluded Thomas was driving more than 70 mph (112.6 kph) in a 30 mph zone.

"It was important for me to accept responsibility for my careless driving," Thomas said in a statement.

"I personally promise I will never again put anyone at risk with that type of driving going forward."

Thomas helped the Broncos win Super Bowl 50 in 2016. He spent eight seasons with Denver before being traded to the Texans last October, playing only three games before suffering a season-ending torn left Achilles tendon.

Thomas has 688 career NFL catches for 9,330 yards and 62 touchdowns.