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Giants’ star charged with drunk driving

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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:03 am, Thu Jun 21, 2012.

A big star made a big judgment call on Sunday night when he allegedly got behind the wheel after a few too many brews in Astoria.

New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl was arraigned on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the nfluence of alcohol on Monday, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. His case will be adjourned until July 26.

According to the DA’s report, the police responded to a motor vehicle accident between Broadway and 31st Avenue on 35th Street. Reportedly Diehl, the alleged driver of the wrecked 2011 BMW, crashed his sedan into a line of parked cars. No one was hurt.

Once there police observed Diehl “to have a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech and to be unsteady on his feet,” according to the DA.

Diehl allegedly blew a .182 percent —which is far above the legal limit of .05 percent in New York.

The DA’s report says that Diehl allegedly admitted to police that he had been watching a soccer game between Ireland and his mother’s homeland of Croatia at a bar. His Twitter account has two postings of “Gooooaaallll!!” from Sunday night.

Diehl faces up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted. At his arraignment, Diehl’s driving privileges were suspended in New York, but not in New Jersey, where he holds his license, according to the DA’s office.

— Josey Bartlett

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