Friday, June 13, 2003 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Seahawks' Stevens will serve five days in jail

Seattle Times staff reporter

Jerramy Stevens was in a courtroom for the second time in three days yesterday, and the Seahawks tight end faces jail time and more community service for violating his court-enforced probation.

Stevens will serve five days in a King County jail and perform 40 hours of community service, a Seattle municipal-court judge ordered yesterday morning.

Judge Theresa B. Doyle sentenced Stevens in connection with the probation violation, which occurred April 3 when Stevens was arrested in Medina, near Bellevue, on suspicion of driving while drunk. Stevens, 23, was originally placed on probation after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of hit-and-run and property damage after a May 2001 incident in which he crashed into a Northgate retirement home.

Assistant city attorney Kirk Davis recommended a 10-day jail sentence, citing Stevens' guilty plea on the charge of reckless driving three days ago in Kirkland Municipal Court. That hearing was regarding the April 3 incident, and Stevens is scheduled to be sentenced June 23 for reckless driving.

"He needs to be woken up," Davis told Doyle as Stevens listened quietly in the courtroom.

Jon Fox, Stevens' lawyer, was surprised by the length of the city's recommended sentence and called for one day of jail time because of Stevens' timely participation in alcohol education and information programs.

Stevens then addressed Doyle.

"I am very sorry for violating your probation," said Stevens, who was given two years' probation, a 90-day suspended jail sentence and 240 hours of community service for the hit-and-run incident. "I will comply with whatever you have me do."

Doyle, after reviewing the police report from the April 3 incident — in which police stopped Stevens in his vehicle and found two open bottles of champagne inside — said the city attorney's recommendation was "reasonable." She sentenced Stevens to 10 days of jail, five of those converted to eight-hour days of community service.

Stevens has 60 days to complete his community service. He is scheduled to be at Seahawks training camp in Cheney when it opens July 25.

Fox told the court Stevens had completed an alcohol and driving information class and that he is seeing a counselor. Fox also said that Stevens has taken three random urinalysis tests, administered by the NFL, and results have been negative for alcohol in his system.

"Any failure of any one of these will cost Mr. Stevens dearly," Fox said. "While he has some growing up to do, he's doing it very quickly."

Stevens left the courthouse yesterday without speaking to reporters, and Fox declined comment until after the reckless-driving sentencing later this month.

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