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Pro football player pleads guilty to DWI

David Diehl in treatment program

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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:49 am, Thu Feb 21, 2013.

New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl, who crashed his vehicle in Astoria last summer after having too many brews while a Croatian soccer team played on the television of a neighborhood bar, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol last Monday, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Diehl, 32, pleaded guilty as charged to one count of aggravated driving while under the influence and one count of driving while impaired.

The plea is conditioned on Diehl continuing in the NFL substance abuse treatment program, wearing a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor bracelet for 90 days, paying up to $1,200 in restitution to the owners of the two vehicles he damaged and participating in an awareness program for first-time DWI offenders in which they hear from victims whose lives have been impacted by a drunk driver, Brown said. He also can’t apply for a driver’s license before his sentencing, which has not yet been scheduled.

The first of three compliance conferences to check on Diehl’s progress is on April 19, with the other two occurring at two-month intervals. After six months, if he has successfully complied with the conditions imposed, then the aggravated DWI charge will be dismissed and he will be sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge on the driving while impaired charge.

 At about 8:20 p.m. on June 10, 2012, Diehl crashed his BMW into two parked cars at 31-31 35 St. in Astoria, Brown said. Officers said his breath smelled like alcohol and he had bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred his speech and appeared unsteady on his feet.

 Diehl, of Croatian descent, admitted to police he had been driving the BMW and that he had been at a bar watching a soccer game involving Croatia. An intoxilyzer test administered to Diehl resulted in a blood alcohol content reading of .182 percent — which is above the legal driving limit of .05 percent in New York.

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