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Chad Rinehart

WATERLOO --- A Black Hawk County magistrate has found a NFL player guilty of public intoxication in connection with his Jan. 18 encounter with University of Northern Iowa police.

Chad Martin Rinehart, 25, a native of Boone and a former Panther who plays for the Washington Redskins, paid $195 in fines and surcharges, according to court databases.

Rinehart was an All-American offensive linemanfor the Panthers.

Rinehart's case went to trial in March, and Magistrate Patricia Meany issued her written ruling June 3.

Police said they were sent to an alarm at Mojo's Pizza House, a College Hill bar, when it was closed at about 2 a.m. Jan. 18.

An officer noticed Rinehart still yanking on the locked door handle when he pulled up. He testified that Rinehart had trouble locating his ID, smelled of alcohol, slurred his words and refused a breath test.

Rinehart also was loud and uncooperative to the point the officer warned him he would use his Taser, according to testimony at trial. A Cedar Falls police officer also was at the scene.

The defense suggested that a boot Rinehart wore to treat a leg injury made him sway when he stood.

In her ruling, Meany said she watched video from a police officer's squad car camera three times after the trial. She said it showed Rinehart lose his balance and stumble backward a few steps, and the audio portion included a brief comment from an acquaintance of Rinehart who said he had too much to drink.

Rinehart had waived his appearance at the March trial because he was involved with therapy for a broken leg.

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