- Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN Staff Writer
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New York Giants tackle David Diehl pleaded guilty to aggravated DWI and impaired driving in a Queens District court stemming from his arrest last summer for driving his BMW into two parked cars in Queens.
Diehl will not be allowed to drive or apply for a driver's license in New Jersey, where he lives, for a six-month period and will have to wear a SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor) bracelet for 90 days.
Prosecutors said Diehl's blood alcohol content was at .182, well above the legal limit of .08.
Diehl has to complete two drunken driving programs and pay $1,200 in restitution fees to the owners of the cars.
The aggravated DWI charge will be dismissed if Diehl complies with his sanctions within the next six months, with the first of three compliance conferences scheduled for April 19. In that case, he will be sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge on the driving while impaired charge.
The Giants' veteran might face further disciplinary action from the NFL, which could fine him for violation of the league's substance abuse policy. Under the terms of the 2010 policy, 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 law.
"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."
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