David Diehl, pro athlete and New York Giants star, was charged with drunk driving after allegedly sideswiping parked cars while leaving a bar earlier this month. When police arrived, he allegedly blew .182 on a Breathalyzer test, which led to his arrest on drunk driving charges. The football player spent the night in a stationhouse, but was later released with a suspension of his license at least until his court date next month.
The specific details of the arrest were not reported, except to indicate several purported admissions by the football star. His teammates were quick to provide some defense for the offensive lineman, who is best known for protecting quarterback Eli Manning. The squad's punter took to Twitter to announce his support for the 10-year Giant veteran, saying that everyone has made a mistake, which is indeed true. In fact, reports did not indicate that Diehl has any prior convictions.
Nevertheless, in this instance, Diehl was required to appear before a New York judge to hear the charges. No plea was actually entered on his behalf at that time, and he was released on his own recognizance. However, with his driver's license suspended, court officers accompanied him to a vehicle driven by another person.
If Diehl were to be convicted of the drunk driving charges, he could face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. And the penalties could have been far worse if someone had been injured. Be that as it may, no one was injured, and -- like any other individual accused of a crime -- he is considered innocent unless the prosecution is able to prove otherwise beyond a reasonable doubt. As the matter now works its way through the state's criminal justice system, his case will undoubtedly draw media attention as he decides how he wishes to respond to the allegations made against him.
Regardless of the outcome of the trial, this case will factor into Diehl's public reputation. Being convicted for one night's mistake could have a profound impact on his professional football career.
Source: New York Daily News, "Diehl released after arraignment," Christina Boyle, June 11, 2012