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Patriots’ Michael Floyd pleads guilty to extreme DUI, will serve jail time

Michael Floyd, 27, was arrested by Scottsdale police at 2:48 a.m. on Dec. 12 after falling asleep at the wheel.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Michael Floyd experienced the high of winning a Super Bowl earlier this month. Now he’ll experience the low of incarceration.

Floyd, who was claimed by the Patriots off waivers from the Cardinals in December following an arrest for driving under the influence, pleaded guilty to extreme DUI on Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz.

According to Fox 10 television in Phoenix, Floyd was sentenced to 120 days of jail — 24 of which must be served in Maricopa County, Ariz., and 96 days of house arrest. Floyd began serving his sentence Thursday, per Fox 10, and also must pay $5,115 in fines, serve 30 hours of community service, and attend alcohol abuse classes.

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Floyd had been scheduled to be in court next Friday, but by pleading guilty now, he is putting himself on track to be ready for training camp at the end of July.

Floyd, a talented receiver and former first-round pick, becomes an unrestricted free agent on March 9, and has expressed interest in returning to the Patriots. If he does come back, it is unclear whether he would be allowed to serve his house arrest in New England and attend the Patriots’ offseason workout program, which runs from April to June.

Floyd also faces potential discipline from the NFL, which in 2014 strengthened its conduct policy to include at least a two-game suspension for DUI offenses, with stronger punishment possible.

“We have been monitoring developments but have no further comment at this time,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said Friday.

Floyd, 27, was arrested by Scottsdale police at 2:48 a.m. Dec. 12 after falling asleep at the wheel at a traffic light, hours after the Cardinals had returned home from a game at Miami. He was confused and inebriated when police woke him up, and a blood sample taken later determined that his blood-alcohol content was 0.217, nearly three times the legal limit.

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Floyd had been facing seven charges relating to the incident, including one of “super extreme DUI” for having a BAC of .20 or more, which would have brought a mandatory 45-day jail sentence. Instead, the Scottsdale city attorney allowed Floyd to plead guilty to “extreme DUI” for .15-.19 BAC, which comes with a lighter sentence.

The Cardinals released Floyd the next day, with president Michael Bidwill saying he was disappointed that Floyd wasn’t forthcoming with the team about the incident.

December’s incident was the second time Floyd has been arrested for driving under the influence. He also was arrested in the spring of 2011 near the campus of Notre Dame, where he was a star wide receiver. Floyd had a BAC of .19 then.

The Patriots were the only team to put in a waiver claim for Floyd, and he came to New England on Dec. 14. He played in just three games for the Patriots, catching four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in two regular-season games, and one pass for 9 yards in the divisional playoff win over Houston.

Floyd was inactive for the AFC Championship and Super Bowl, though he still should receive a championship ring.


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