It appears that Mark Grace will not face a jury on his felony drunk driving
charges stemming from an arrest last August in Scottsdale. He was originally
indicted by a grand jury on four felony counts of aggravated DUI. He also
had a prior drunk driving charge in 2011. With a second DUI in 15 months,
Grace faced nearly four years in state prison. He pled not guilty to all
charges and was scheduled to face trial later this year.
Grace is likely best remembered for his place on the Arizona Diamondbacks
team that won the 2001 World Series in seven games, but his recent struggles
with alcohol garnered a great deal of media attention. He was fired from
his job as a television analyst for the Diamondbacks, and his story created
controversy over whether low-level drunk driving offenders should face
However, Grace reached a plea deal with Maricopa County prosecutors and
pled guilty felony endangerment and misdemeanor
drunk driving. After all, his BAC was reportedly .095, slightly above the legal limit
of .08, and well below what would be charged under extreme DUI (.15 and
above).The plea is essentially an admission that by driving under the
influence, he recklessly endangered another person with a substantial
risk of imminent death or physical harm.
As part of the
plea deal, Grace will spend four months in county jail, but he will be eligible
for a program that will allow him to travel back and forth to work. He
will also serve two years of probation following his release.
Mark Grace headed to jail for DUI, January 31, 2013