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Ousted University of Mary Washington President William Frawley pleads guilty to DUI in Fredericksburg
Date published: 9/19/2007
BY JEFF BRANSCOME
Ousted University of Mary Washington President William Frawley yesterday pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Fredericksburg and could face jail time on a similar charge Friday in Fairfax County.
According to court documents, his blood alcohol level in Fairfax was .21--well above the legal limit of .08--after he flipped a university car on April 10. If convicted, he faces a minimum jail sentence of 10 days.
Attorney Phillip Sasser yesterday entered an Alford plea to Frawley's April 11 DUI charge in Fredericksburg. It means Frawley doesn't acknowledge guilt but thinks the prosecution has enough evidence to convict him.
Judge John R. Stevens dropped the charge of refusing to take a breathalyzer test, which is common when someone pleads guilty to DUI.
He suspended Frawley's license for a year, fined him $500--plus court costs--and ordered him to attend alcohol abuse sessions. A conviction in Fairfax would add another year to the license suspension.
The driving restriction ordinarily applies to other states, Fredericksburg Commonwealth's Attorney Charles Sharp said. Frawley lives in Maryland.
Frawley, who turned 54 on Monday, was charged April 10 with driving while intoxicated in Fairfax after police said he flipped a university-owned Toyota Avalon on Georgetown Pike near Great Falls National Park.
The next day in Fredericksburg, he was arrested after a fellow motorist called police to report he was swerving a different car into oncoming traffic and driving across the Chatham Bridge with his right front tire missing.
Wearing a suit and tie, Frawley stood before the judge yesterday but didn't speak during his four-minute court appearance. Fewer than 10 people came to watch the proceedings.
Frawley largely ignored reporters as he left the courthouse, but acknowledged a student-reporter for UMW's campus newspaper, The Bullet, with a smile and a laugh, recognizing her from when he was president.
Motorists who are convicted of two drunken driving offenses within five years face a minimum jail sentence of 20 days; their licenses are suspended for three years.
But Frawley's Fairfax charge came one day before the one in Fredericksburg, so a second offense conviction may not be possible in Fairfax, Sharp said.