Pitcher Joba Chamberlain plead guilty today to Driving Under the Influence. Joba was pulled over on October 18, 2008, after leaving a strip club in Lincoln, Nebraska. His blood alcohol level was .134, over the legal limit in Nebraska of .08.
Joba will get 9 months probation and will have to pay a $400 fine. He will also lose his license for 60 days and will have to complete an Alcohol Education class.
The case has finally come to a close after 4 adjournments over the last few months. As a result of the plea deal, prosecutors dropped the remaining charge of driving with an open container.
Joba got off pretty easy, but that is usually standard for a first offense. A co-worker here in NY was required to attend Alcohol Ed classes and she told me they are pretty heart-wrenching and sort of made her feel like a lousy human being for what she did.
I wonder if he is expected to take the classes in Nebraska, or if he will take them in New York.