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Former NFL star Corey Dillon charged in drunk driving case

June 21, 2010 | 11:38 am

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced Monday that it has charged former Cincinnati Bengals running back Corey Dillon with two misdemeanors in connection with his arrest in April on suspicion of drunk-driving.

Dillon, who played 10 seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots before retiring in 2006, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving while having a blood-alcohol level of .08% or more.

Dillon was driving north on Mulholland Drive near Malibu on April 21 when deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department pulled him over to check the car's registration. Dillon was arrested after deputies said he displayed signs of intoxication and admitted to drinking earlier in the evening.

While awaiting charges in the drunk driving case, Dillon was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence but prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against the former NFL star, saying there was insufficient evidence to show that his wife, Desiree Antoine-Dillon, was injured at the couple's Calabasas home, officials said Thursday.

Dillon and his wife were arguing over their pending divorce and child custody when she called 911, saying she had been assaulted by her husband, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Antoine-Dillon alleged that Dillon "poured milk over her head, threw water on her and poured soy sauce on her" during the dispute, according to the filing rejection released Thursday. She also told authorities she suffered "a superficial cut on her thumb."

She later told authorities that her husband never hit her and her injury was not caused by physical contact with Dillon. Antoine-Dillon also indicated that she did not want to press charges.

-- Andrew Blankstein