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Boston Pleads Not Guilty



ST. PETERSBURG - Former Buccaneers wide receiver David Boston pleaded not guilty today to a charge that he was driving under the influence of GHB.

Boston, 29, did not appear during an arraignment in traffic court in St. Petersburg. His attorney, Ronald Hanes of Tampa, appeared for him and entered the plea. A pre-trial hearing was scheduled for Nov. 13.

Boston was arrested last month and charged with misdemeanor DUI by Pinellas Park police after another motorist called them, reporting that a red Range Rover was being driven erratically on 49th Street N. The motorist also reported that the Range Rover had not moved after stopping at a traffic light.

When police arrived, they say they found Boston slumped over the steering wheel. Boston registered negative on a Breathalyzer test, but police say a urinalysis showed that he had taken GHB. GHB has been outlawed in this country since 1992. GHB, or gamma hydroxybutyrate, is also known as one of the "date rape" drugs. Its effects include euphoria and sedation. Some body builders use if for its reported anabolic, or bulking up, properties.

The Bucs released him Sept. 12 after they reached an injury settlement.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:49pm]


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