The initial reports regarding the recent guilty plea from Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin didn’t specify whether Griffin pleaded guilty to drunk driving or a lesser charge, such as reckless driving.
Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Griffin pleaded guilty to fourth-degree DWI. Another charge of DWI and a charge of careless driving was dropped.
Griffin claims that he and friends took a limousine to downtown Minneapolis on August 30. When the limo returned to the Eden Prarie hotel where Griffin and the others had parked their vehicles, Griffin got in his car and started to drive home.
After a few minutes, he pulled over, apparently because he thought he was too inebriated to drive.
A few minutes later, a police officer approached the car.
“I tried to do the right thing,” Griffin said. “But I failed to complete the whole task of going home.”
His lawyer confirmed Griffin’s contention that he stopped due to concerns regarding his ability to continue.
“He stopped his own vehicle because he didn’t feel it was safe
to drive,” attorney David Valentini said. “And whatever the
consequences, he’s accepting them. He’s not second-guessing the fact
that he pulled over.”
So here’s the lesson, kids. If you’re going to have a limo or some other designated driver, make sure the ride includes, you know, the full trip home.
Meanwhile, because Griffin pleaded guilty to drunk driving charges, he now faces discipline under the league’s substance-abuse policy, and he possibly will be suspended.