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Patrick Chung must perform 20 hours of community service in N.H., per court agreement

  • New England Patriots’ Patrick Chung was indicted in August on a felony count of cocaine possession. AP file

Published: 1/13/2020 4:14:58 PM

Prosecutors have agreed not to prosecute New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung on cocaine possession charges as a part of an agreement announced Monday.

“The State has agreed to conditionally dismiss the charges against Mr. Chung,” Belknap County Attorney Andrew Livernois said in a statement.

In exchange, Chung must stay out of legal trouble for two years, perform 40 hours of community service related to drug abuse prevention and education, and submit to monthly drug tests for one year and quarterly drug tests for the second year.

If Chung fails to meet those requirements, prosecutors can reinstate the single felony cocaine possession charge against him, according to the agreement.

A Belknap County grand jury indicted Chung in August on one felony count of cocaine possession, stemming from an incident in Meredith this past June. Livernois had said Meredith police responded to a “call for service,” at Chung’s home.

“During the course of that call, the police obtained the evidence which has led to the current charges being filed,” Livernois said in a statement at the time.

Chung, who owns a $1.2 million home on Needle Eye Road in Meredith, was not arrested. Following the police investigation, the county attorney’s office sought to indict Chung, who pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Livernois said several factors that let to agreement, including the fact that Chung has no prior criminal record nor any prior involvement with the criminal justice system, he was fully cooperative with the Meredith Police Department on the evening of the incident, the quantity of the drugs in question was small, and Chung voluntarily went through a substance abuse evaluation that revealed he “does not need any substance abuse treatment.”

On the field, Chung is known as a tough, hard-hitting safety. Chung played college football at the University of Oregon under Manchester native and former University of New Hampshire coach Chip Kelly. The Patriots drafted Chung in the second round of the 2009 NFL draft.

He played his first four seasons with the Patriots before going to play for Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. Chung returned to the Patriots the following season and has been a staple in the team’s defensive secondary. In April, New England signed Chung to a contract extension through the 2021 season. He has won three Super Bowls with the team.

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