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Newz Forum: AUTO: NASCAR: Wimmer Convicted of DWI

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posted on Jun, 3 2004 @ 04:15 PM
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) -- NASCAR driver Scott Wimmer was convicted of driving while impaired and leaving the scene of a January accident.

He received a 60-day suspended sentence and was placed on unsupervised probation for a year Tuesday. He also was ordered to perform 24 hours of community service.

Wimmer can still compete, but he will be on probation for the rest of the NASCAR season and must perform further community service that the series is arranging. Wimmer was granted a limited driver's license for 12 months, meaning the license could be revoked if he is found driving with alcohol in his system, defense lawyer Chuck Alexander said Wednesday.

The 28-year-old driver already has undergone an alcohol assessment, which found he had no substance abuse problems, satisfying the last term of the sentence, Alexander said.

Wimmer said in a statement posted on the Web site of his sponsor, Bill Davis Racing, that he won't appeal the decision.

"I respect the decision of the courts," Wimmer said. "I'm eager to put all of this behind me and move forward. My next commitment to putting all of this behind me is to try and help others from making the same mistake that I've made. Should Wimmer lose his license, he would not necessarily be banned from NASCAR events, spokesman Mike Zizzo said. To drive in NASCAR races, drivers must possess only a valid NASCAR license, which requires that they be 18, physically fit and able to pass driving ability tests administered by NASCAR.

Alexander said his client may not go forward with an appeal.

Wimmer moved up to the Nextel Cup - NASCAR'S top level - last fall after three seasons of racing in the Busch Series. He had five wins in three years in the Busch Series.

He was arrested Jan. 31 for driving while impaired after wrecking a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck owned by Bill Davis Racing. Wimmer drives for the High Point-based racing team in NASCAR'S top-level Nextel Cup series.

Police had found some of Wimmer's possessions near the truck that had overturned in a ditch. Wimmer was found in his High Point home, crouched beside his bed and bleeding from a head wound, police said.

High Point police records state that Wimmer was charged after a breath test found he had a blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent, nearly twice the state legal limit. Drivers are considered intoxicated if their blood-alcohol content is more than 0.08 percent.

His wife, Jody Ambrose, was found innocent of charges that she impeded the investigation by lying to police.

posted on Jun, 4 2004 @ 06:39 PM
Man Wimmer got it rough. for my second DUI i got a $400 fine and my license revoked for 30 days. but i understand that drinking and driving is bad and he is a public figure so they will come down hard on him. However i have a problem with NASCAR putting him on probation for something that happened during the off season and no where near a race track. if he had been drunk while running a race that would call for some response from NASCAR. It would be like being punished at your job for drinking and driving on saturday night not anywhere close to your job.

posted on Jun, 5 2004 @ 09:51 PM
Well considering he wrecked the bosses new truck, and is on NASCAR probation now too, he has a finer line to walk now. Everybody will be watching him from all angles to see if he goofs up again.

If he doesnt,...great.

If he does,...He loses on many fronts.

Hope he learns something from this becouse a really great career is at stake.

Would you trash a chance for a NASCAR career becouse you used bad judgement at a party or something?

[Edited on 04/10/03 by smirkley]

posted on Jun, 5 2004 @ 10:40 PM
the modern nascar is all about image, in the old days something like this would be treated as a joke and laughed at as one of the good ol boys who drives 150 mph wrecks the bosses truck when he had a few too many, in the new pc nascar this is a big no-no....not the type of thing the corporate white shirts want in the papers

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