Former Vol pleads guilty to charges in bar brawl, gets diversion

Former Vol pleads guilty to charges in bar brawl, gets diversion

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By ERICA ESTEP
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Former Vol defensive back Darren Myles pleaded guilty Thursday to charges from a bar brawl in July and charges from another incident in April.

Myles, 19, pleaded guilty to resisting and evading arrest for the incident at Bar Knoxville when an off-duty Knoxville policeman, a UT police officer and a patron were assaulted.

A disorderly conduct charge and a charge for assaulting the UT police officer who was chasing Myles were dismissed. 

He also pleaded guilty to public intoxication and resisting arrest for an incident on April 18 when he was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors at Sobu on Kingston Pike.

Myles was placed on judicial diversion for two years, and he's on probation. He also performed 48.5 hours of community service at an urban mixed-use community in Atlanta, and had to do an online alcohol screening.

Myles paid court costs that totaled $866.90 Wednesday.

The court ordered him to complete an alcohol safety education course.

As part of his diversion sentence, Myles must stay out of legal trouble.

His probation started on April 18, and will end on April 18, 2012. When Myles' probation is complete, all the charges will be expunged from his record.

His attorney, Don Bosch, says he's waiting for UT to release him and has several options for pursuing his education and playing football.

Head coach Derek Dooley kicked Myles off the team just after the bar brawl, but said he won't stand in the way of a transfer to another school.

Bosch released this statement from Myles Thursday afternoon: "I regret my poor decisions that I made while I was at the University of Tennessee. I am sorry, and I realize that my choices affected, and continue to affect, my former teammates, coach, the university and the fans on many levels. I have learned some tough life lessons from this experience, and will continue to use it as a learning opportunity. I am looking forward to my continued career in academics and football. I would like to thank the school, coaches, team and community for the chance at an opportunity to play here. I hope that you will forgive me for my mistakes, and I wish everyone the best."

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