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Derrick Rose fined $1,000 for driving more than 100 m.p.h.

Bulls draft pick faces court supervision, online driving course

Derrick Rose at court

The Bulls' No. 1 draft pick Derrick Rose enters Kane County traffic court Monday. He was cited for driving more than 100 m.p.h. in a 65 m.p.h. speed zone on Interstate Highway 88 in April. (Tribune photo by Bill Hogan / July 14, 2008)


Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, the NBA's No. 1 draft pick, pleaded guilty Monday to speeding and was fined $1,000, placed on court supervision for 6 months and ordered to take an online driving course offered through Kane County.

"I learn from my mistakes," Rose said after his brief court appearance in Geneva.

Rose, 19, who grew up in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, was ticketed April 29 for going more than 100 m.p.h. on Interstate Highway 88 near Aurora.

Because Rose was clocked at more than 40 m.p.h. over the speed limit, the speeding charge was a misdemeanor. Rose made a "cold plea," meaning that his attorney, Terry Ekl, and prosecutors did not negotiate a sentence in advance.

That left his sentence to the discretion of Judge Robert Morrow, who said supervision was appropriate, given Rose's otherwise clean driving record.

"I will give you a chance, sir. It's in your hands," Morrow told Rose.

Under the terms of the sentence, Rose's record will be wiped clean if he does not have any further legal problems for the next six months. The judge also agreed to allow Rose to complete the driver's course online after Ekl said the traditional classroom course would be difficult given Rose's travel schedule.

Kane County's traffic school program is administered through Waubonsee Community College and includes the four-hour online class, said Karen Herwick of the county circuit clerk's office. The county also offers a six-hour program, which must be taken in person at the college, she said.

Rose, who wore a dark suit and tie to court Monday, said afterward that he was not paying attention to his speed as he drove home to Chicago the night he was stopped.

"I did something stupid, and I'm just looking forward to the future," he said.

Rose stopped on his way out of the courthouse to sign autographs for several fans.

Neal Lopez of St. Charles and his son Joel, 13, walked away with a signed basketball. Rose's indiscretion apparently did not tarnish his reputation with the boy.

"He's awesome," Joel said.

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