Harbin will enter pleas next month

ATLANTA --- State Rep. Ben Harbin intends to enter pleas Sept. 16 to resolve drunken-driving charges that have dogged him for 15 months.

Atlanta Assistant City Solicitor Warren Atkinson on Tuesday told an Atlanta Municipal Court judge he was close to reaching a deal with Mr. Harbin that would dismiss one misdemeanor charge in exchange for pleas on others.

Mr. Harbin, 44, is charged with driving under the influence, failure to maintain a lane and failure to report striking a fixed object, the result of a late-night crash near the Capitol in May 2007.

Mr. Atkinson would not disclose which charge would be dismissed, but said Mr. Harbin's pleas would resolve the case.

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