Giants lineman Diehl fitted with SCRAM bracelet after DWI plea

"Did you drive a car while you were intoxicated?" a Queens Criminal Court judge asked New York Giants offensive player David Diehl at his DWI hearing last week.

"Yes ma'am," he replied.

Diehl was arrested for DWI last June after he smashed his black BMW into two parked cars. He pled guilty last Wednesday after working out a negotiated plea agreement.

As part of that plea bargain, Diehl was ordered to wear a relatively new alcohol control device called a "Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor," or SCRAM for the next three months. A SCRAM is an ankle bracelet with a Breathalyzer-like device that monitors alcohol consumption, but instead of reading breath, it reads perspiration. The information can then be uploaded to probation agents via an onboard modem.

SCRAM bracelets are becoming a common feature of DWI treatment courts in New York and nationwide. One its main purposes, said the head of the vehicular crimes prosecution bureau in the Bronx last year, is to help people with drinking problems see how much their addiction is damaging their lives. "It allows them to realize they can live without alcohol," he told the New York Times in a 2010 interview. "The cloud of alcohol abuse lifts."

According to police, Diehl's blood-alcohol content after his arrest was .182. His plea deal also obligates him to complete two drunk driving programs and pay restitution to the owners of the two parked cars he damaged -- $1,200, in addition to any fines and costs he may be assessed. He also can't drive or apply for a new driver's license.

Once he has completed the drunk driving programs and paid the restitution, his sentence of a 90-day conditional discharge will become official. That means that if he does not violate his probation, the DWI charges against him would be dropped.

"Sir, please don't drink and drive. Look what happened here. You could have been seriously hurt," the judge told him.

Source: New York Post, "Pickled pigskin: Giant Diehl gets booze bling after DWI plea," Christina Carrega and Bob Fredericks, Feb. 13, 2013

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