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Hubbard gets hardship license

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Paul E. Hubbard III was granted a hardship driver's license Monday after pleading not guilty to drunken driving charges from a July 24 incident downtown in which a police officer was struck but not seriously injured.

City Judge Susan Eagan granted the conditional license but sternly warned Hubbard, 26, that he is allowed to drive only from his Orchard Park home to Bills training camp at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford pending resolution of his criminal case.

During the brief court session, the judge specifically warned Hubbard that he is not to drive to nearby Rochester from training camp "or anywhere else" except his home.

Hubbard, who arrived with defense attorney Leonard E. Krawczyk Jr., did not speak as Krawczyk entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.

After Krawczyk told the judge he plans to confer with District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III about the case, the judge allowed Hubbard to leave without bail and adjourned further proceedings to Aug. 31. Hubbard and Krawczyk declined to comment.

Police reported responding to a fight at a Pearl Street bar at about 4:30 a.m. when an allegedly drunk Hubbard clipped Lt. John D. Rieman with his 2008 Dodge. Rieman had been walking near the intersection of West Chippewa and Pearl as part of a police detail in the area just after bar closing time. He was treated in a local hospital and released.

According to police reports, after Rieman was clipped and Hubbard stopped his vehicle, Lt. Thomas R. Whelan smelled alcohol on the football player's breath and considered his eyes glassy from alcohol.

At Police Headquarters, Hubbard was released after a Breathalyzer test showed he had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.08 percent, the state's legal threshold for a drunken driving charge.

Hubbard also was initially handcuffed as a possible suspect in an armed robbery reported in the area about an hour before the traffic incident, but he was cleared in that case.

Hubbard played two games with the Bills in 2010, catching a single pass for eight yards in a 38-7 loss to the New York Jets.

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