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Former Ohio State CB Bradley Roby takes plea deal after OVI charges

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Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby (1) avoids Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) as he returns an interception a 63-yards for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

Four days after defending himself following a charge of drunken driving, former Ohio State CB Bradley Roby pled guilty to a lesser charge Tuesday.

Roby pled guilty to physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. On Friday, Roby tweeted a picture of a breath analysis report from 4:20 a.m. Sunday, April 20. The analysis said Roby had a .008 blood alcohol content level.

As part of the guilty charge, Roby gets to keep his license and received a 180-day suspended jail sentence on the condition he complete a three-day driving program. He was initially charged with operating a vehicle impaired.

Initial reports from 10TV in Columbus said Roby was sitting in his car in a parking lot and officers were unable to get his attention. After opening the door, they noticed the smell of alcohol and had Roby perform sobriety tests, which he failed.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Roby's car nearly hit several people earlier in the morning per a 911 call from a bystander at 2:51 a.m.

Roby's agent, Michael Perrett, released a statement Friday that said "Though my client, Bradley Roby, maintains his innocence and feels he would  have been completely exonerated had he taken this matter to trial, Bradley has accepted the prosecutor’s offer of a reduced charge. . . . Bradley is very focused and is excited about starting his NFL career."

Roby, who declared for the NFL draft after his junior season and could be a first round pick, took a urine test at the scene. However, the results of the test won't be known for six weeks, and his attorney told the Dispatch that Roby did not want to wait that long for the case to be resolved. The NFL draft begins May 8, and Roby's draft status could have fallen significantly with the case still open.

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