Former NFL running back Corey Dillon pleaded not guilty today to two misdemeanor DUI charges stemming from his arrest in Calabasas.

Dillon, 35, is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher. He is due back in court in Malibu Aug. 10 for a pretrial hearing.

The former Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots running back was arrested around 3:40 a.m. April 21 on northbound Mulholland Drive near the Ventura (101) Freeway.

Two deputies were driving north on Mulholland Drive when they saw a red 2010 Chevrolet Camaro with paper plates and two male occupants "driving slowly behind them" and "conducted a traffic stop to verify the vehicle's registration," according to sheriff's Lt. Rich Erickson.

"Mr. Dillon displayed multiple symptoms of being under the influence, and he admitted to having been drinking earlier in the evening," the lieutenant said.

On May 1, Dillon was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence after an argument with his wife, but prosecutors declined to file charges in that case.

Dillon's wife of 10 years indicated that he "poured milk over her head, threw water on her and poured soy sauce on her," and he said she was "throwing the liquids on him also and he never physically touched her," according to a worksheet prepared by the District Attorney's Office.

The athlete's wife said a small superficial cut on her thumb was not caused by physical contact with him, and she was "non-desirous of prosecution," according to the worksheet.


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Authorities said the two were arguing over a pending divorce and custody issues.