LOS ANGELES: Former track star Carl Lewis was sentenced to three years of probation and fined US$500 after pleading no contest on Friday to a misdemeanour speeding charge.
Lewis also was ordered to attend 20 meetings of either Alcoholics Anonymous or Mothers Against Drunk Driving, perform 200 hours of community service and attend 32 hours of a state-approved alcohol education programme.
He initially faced drunken driving charges, but those were dismissed, said Frank Mateljan of the city attorney's office.
The charge stemmed from an early morning crash on April 21. Authorities said the nine-time Olympic gold medallist lost control of his 2004 Maserati and struck a sound wall on the side of the Harbour Freeway in South Los Angeles.
Lewis was arrested by the California Highway Patrol after allegedly failing a field sobriety test. Authorities said a breath test administered at a police station showed a blood-alcohol reading of .08 per cent, the minimum level at which a driver is considered intoxicated under California law.
The 41-year-old had a glittering athletics career that spanned two decades and included Olympic gold medals in the 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympics.
He is one of three athletes ever to win gold in a single event (long jump) four times. – Agencies