The news confirms that 32-year-old New York Giants tackle David Diehl pleaded guilty to aggravated DWI and impaired driving in a Queens District court. Diehl played 13 games for Big Blue in 2012.
The 10th-year-player was arrested last summer for driving his BMW into two parked cars. The incident took place on the 31st street in Astoria when the player was coming after attending a soccer match.
“Did you drive a car while you were intoxicated?” asked Queens Criminal Court Judge Suzanne Melendez to the 6-foot-5, 304-pounder.
“Yes ma’am,” David Diehl replied.
“You understand you’re not allowed to drive, right?” the judge asked.
“Yes, I do your honor,” he replied.
“Sir, please don’t drink and drive,” the judge said, pleading the 2009 Pro Bowl selection not to make the same mistake again. “Look what happened here. You could have been seriously hurt.”
The court decided that Diehl will not be allowed to drive or apply for a driver’s license in New Jersey for a six-month period and will have to wear a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM) bracelet for 90 days. He also has to complete two drunken-driving programs and has to pay $1,200 in restitution fees to owners of the two cars which he damaged. The player currently lives in New Jersey.
The Giants’ veteran might face further disciplinary action from the NFL. He could be fined for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. According to the 2010 policy, it is stated that a first DUI or DWI offense, absent aggravating circumstances, generally results in a fine of one game check, up to a maximum of $50,000, pending a resolution in court to establish an alcohol-related violation of the law.
The blood-alcohol content of Diehl was recorded at .182 which was quite above the legal limit of .08.
Prosecutors told that if Diehl complies with his sanctions within the next six months with the first of three compliance conferences scheduled for April 19, the aggravated DWI charge will be dismissed. If this happened, the player will be sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge on the driving while impaired charge.
“I have been here for 10 years, and throughout those 10 years I have always tried to carry myself and be a positive role model for people on and off the field,” Diehl said last summer shortly after the arrest. “I apologize to my teammates, I apologize to my family, the New York Giants, all my fans and to anybody who has supported me throughout these years. I am going to make sure that I learn from this, and it is a mistake that I guarantee will never, ever happen again. I will help other people to make sure that they don’t make the same decision that I made in this circumstance. I will become a stronger person because of this.”
Diehl’s attorney, Gary Certain, said that his client will continue in the NFL DWI treatment program.