WRENTHAM (CBS) – Former New England Patriot linebacker Brandon Spikes pleaded guilty Wednesday to leaving the scene of an accident last month on Interstate 495.
Spikes appeared in Wrentham District Court and also pleaded responsible to speeding and marked lanes violation charges.
Two other charges – negligent operation of a motor vehicle and operating uninsured – were continued without a finding for one year.
Spikes will not go to jail, but he’ll be on probation, he must pay more than $2,000 in fines and court costs and he lost his driver’s license for one year.
He was also ordered to complete the “Alive at 25” program, a course that encourages young drivers “to take responsibility for their driving behavior,” according to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Spikes’ Mercedes Maybach was found abandoned on the median strip of I-495 in Foxboro in the early morning of June 7.
A Mercedes Benz roadside assistance service operator told police that the driver reported hitting a deer.
No deer were found in the area, but around the same time another driver reported being rear-ended on the same stretch of road.
A Billerica man and woman and their 12-year-old son, who were in the 2009 Nissan Murano that was hit from behind, suffered minor injuries.
“The charges against Spikes are the result of a comprehensive investigation that determined that Spikes’ Maybach was the car that struck the Murano and that Spikes was driving the car at the time of the crash,” state police said in a statement last month.
The Patriots released Spikes the day after the crash.