Lions assistant gets probation for nude driving incident

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  • Detroit - Lions defensive line coach Joe Cullen was fined but avoided jail time Tuesday on a conviction for last summer's nude driving episode in Dearborn. Cullen in January pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of obscene conduct for a late-night incident in August when a Wendy's drive-thru worker reported a nude man had ordered and obtained food and drink. Police pulled over Cullen's vehicle and found him inside, sans clothing. On Tuesday, 19th District Judge William Hultgren sentenced Cullen to 30 days in jail or a $500 fine. Cullen's lawyer, Joseph Lavigne, said Cullen paid the fine and will serve no time behind bars. Cullen also was sentenced to complete 10 days of community service and two years probation on a separate arrest for driving under the influence, which was reduced from drunken driving in exchange for a guilty plea earlier. Hultgren also ordered Cullen to continue an outpatient treatment program and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. He must also pay a $300 fine and court costs. Lavigne said Cullen told the judge he was sorry. “Obviously he's not excited about or proud of what happened,” Lavigne said of his client. “But he's doing his best to build toward a positive future here.'' The Lions suspended Cullen for the first game last season. In December, the NFL suspended him for another game and fined him $20,000 for conduct detrimental to the league.

    By JIM SCHAEFER, DET. FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

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