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Frawley convicted of DUI in Fairfax
Frawley entered an Alford plea this morning to DUI charges in Fairfax County and was given a suspended jail sentence.

Date published: 9/21/2007

BY JEFF BRANSCOME

FAIRFAX—Ousted University of Mary Washington President William Frawley won’t be spending time behind bars for drunken driving.

Frawley entered an Alford plea this morning to driving under the influence charges in Fairfax County and was given a suspended jail sentence. The plea does not admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict him.

The judge gave Frawley a 30-day jail sentence and $1,000 fine. But he suspended the jail time and all but $300 of the fine. He also suspended Frawley’s driving privileges for one year.

While suspending the sentence, the judge warned Frawley that any future violations would bring jail time.

Earlier this week, Frawley entered an Alford plea to a DUI charge in Fredericksburg. The judge in that case suspended his license for a year, fined him $500 plus court costs, and ordered him to attend alcohol abuse sessions.

Because of the Fredericksburg conviction, Frawley faced the possibility of spending time behind bars as a repeat offender, but the judge today did not take that action.

Frawley’s attorney, however, said today’s sentence likely means that Frawley ’s drivers license will be suspended for two years. He will be allowed to drive to alcohol-treatment sessions.

Frawley was arrested in Fredericksburg April 11 after a fellow motorist called police to report he was swerving his car into oncoming traffic and driving across the Chatham Bridge with his right front tire missing.

He told a police officer he had consumed six bottles of cough medicine, according to a police report.

The day before, Frawley was charged with driving while intoxicated in Fairfax after he flipped a vehicle owned by the university’s private foundation.

His blood alcohol content was 2 times the legal limit when he overturned the car in Fairfax, according to court documents.

The UMW Board of Visitors fired Frawley “for cause” after his arrests and is now searching for a new president.

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402

jbranscome@freelancestar.com