VERNON, Conn. (AP) UConn guard James Bouknight has been accepted into a probation program designed to leave him without a criminal record in connection with a September traffic accident.
The freshman, who faced charges including evading responsibility and driving without a license, was accepted Monday into the state's accelerated rehabilitation program for first-time offenders.
Police say Bouknight smelled of alcohol and fled from an officer after driving another student's car into a road sign near campus early in the morning of Sept. 27.
Bouknight served a three-game suspension and is expected to play Thursday when UConn (2-1) faces Buffalo in the Charleston Classic.
Under the terms of his probation, Bouknight must stay out of trouble for a year and pay the car's owner for the damage to the vehicle.
Outside the courtroom, Bouknight apologized and told reporters he's learning to be ''the student, best athlete, best citizen I can be.''
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