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Aaron Berry, Lions CB, waives preliminary DUI hearing

Detroit Lions cornerback Aaron Berry has taken the first steps of putting his recent drunk-driving arrest behind him.

The Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday that Berry will enter a diversionary program for first-time offenders following his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol and other charges last month in Pennsylvania.

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Berry waived his preliminary hearing last week. Corky Goldstein, Berry's attorney, said his client will perform 20-40 hours of community service over a six-month period. He'll also submit to an alcohol evaluation as part of Pennsylvania's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program.

"He's talking responsibility," Goldstein said. "His insurance is taking care of any damage to his car and damage to the two unattended cars, so that'll be taken care of. And he'll get into that ARD program probably sometime in January because they're so backed up and he'll be in that for six months."

Berry reportedly drove his car into a line of parked vehicles on June 26 in Harrisburg, Pa. He then got out of the car and began to walk away. A witness called police, who arrested him on DUI and hit-and-run charges.

Berry was one of four Lions players arrested a total of six times in the offseason. Training camp begins next Friday.

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