A North Orange County municipal judge ruled Friday that Ram tailback Charles White will be allowed to re-enter a drug diversion program as an outpatient instead of facing misdemeanor charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance.
According to John Anderson, an Orange County deputy district attorney, White will attend a rehabilitation program at the Center for Creative Alternatives in Mission Viejo for at least a year. A six-month progress report will be required.
After a year, it will be determined if White requires further treatment. If not, all suspended charges against him will be dropped. Anderson said that criminal proceedings will be reinstated if White stops attending or is dismissed from the program.
White was arrested Aug. 21 when he was found wandering in a field in Brea. He has a history of drug problems dating back to his days at USC and with the Cleveland Browns.