Demaryius Thomas guilty of careless driving in plea deal

Demaryius Thomas unloads on Broncos day after victorious return with Texans

Free-agent NFL wide receiver Demaryius Thomas pleaded guilty Wednesday in Denver to a charge of careless driving in a plea deal in which a felony vehicular assault charge was dismissed, The Denver Post reported.

“It was important for me to accept responsibility for my careless driving. I personally promise I will never again put anyone at risk with that type of driving going forward,” Thomas said in a statement.

The former Broncos Pro Bowl wide receiver was arrested and charged late last month following a single-car crash Feb. 16 near downtown Denver in which Thomas was the driver.

Police alleged that, based on speed analysis, Thomas was driving 70 mph in a 30 mph zone when his SUV hit a raised median, causing the vehicle to roll end-over-end and come to rest in a grassy median. 

One of two passengers in the vehicle, a female, suffered serious injuries. A male passenger suffered minor injuries in the accident.

Thomas, who suffered minor injuries, also was charged with reckless driving and driving without insurance. 

Thomas, 31, spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Broncos. He was traded to the Texans in October, but tore an Achilles tendon in December.

Houston released Thomas on Feb. 12.