Thomas Gibson Cops Plea Deal ... After Crazy DUI Arrest

1/29/2013 12:45 PM PST

'Criminal Minds' Star Thomas Gibson Skates on DUI Charges ... After Crazy L.A. Arrest


"Criminal Minds" star Thomas Gibson has struck a plea deal in his DUI arrest ... when it took FIVE cops to wrestle him to the ground -- TMZ has learned.

We broke the story ... Gibson was popped by cops​ earlier this month on suspicion of DUI -- when cops say he drunkenly tried to drive his Audi SUV through a part of Downtown L.A. that was sectioned off for a half-marathon.

But today, Gibson pled "no contest" to one count of alcohol-related reckless driving -- and in exchange, prosecutors dropped the DUI counts.

The night of Gibson's arrest, multiple officers took him down while he screamed, "I am not resisting ... I am not resisting."

Under the plea deal, Gibson was sentenced to 36 months probation, $300 in court fees and one year of alcohol education classes.