Former NFL star Lorenzo Neal pleads not guilty to DUI

FRESNO, Calif.

Neal didn't show up in court in person, but an attorney entered the plea on his behalf.

Back in July, California Highway Patrol officers said Neal was drunk and crashed trying to make the turn from Copper onto Minnewawa.

Neal admitted to Action News that he had just left the Copper River Golf Course where he had a few drinks.

His attorney says he could fight the charges, but he might settle it, just to get it over with.

"I know he's eager to get back to his charity work, and in the community he's very active and obviously football," said John Abel. "So, I'm trying to not interfere with that and get him back to his normal life as quickly as possible."

Neal's case will be back in court next month.

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