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Lions' Nick Fairley misses hearing, sentenced in DUI case

Lions' Nick Fairley misses hearing, sentenced in DUI case Photo: Leon Halip/Getty Images

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley did not attend his hearing on DUI and reckless driving charges Thursday and was sentenced to a suspended six-month jail sentence and one year of probation, according to WALA-TV in Mobile, Ala.

Fairley also has to pay $750 in court fees and fines and take two classes, one relating to each charge.

According to the report, Fairley's agent, Sid Ferrell, said he never told Fairley about the hearing. As a result, the defensive tackle remained at Lions' training camp.

Ferrell said he plans to appeal the decision and has until Aug. 14 to do so.

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The charges stem from a 2012 incident in which Fairley was caught driving more than 100 mph in Alabama.

Fairley is currently in the last season of his four-year rookie contract. Earlier this summer, the Lions informed Fairley they weren't picking up his option for 2015.

- Ben Estes

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