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Jeff Andretti Enters Plea

July 12, 2001

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) _ Race car driver Jeff Andretti, charged with disorderly conduct for interfering with Bethlehem police during a friend’s traffic stop, pleaded guilty in the case.

Andretti, 37, who lives in Bethlehem, paid a $200 fine and $86.50 in costs Wednesday, said a spokeswoman in District Justice Nancy Matos Gonzalez’s office.

Police charged that Andretti pushed an officer who warned him not to intervene in a June 28 sobriety test being administered to Christine M. Schaffer, 48, of Allentown.

Police later said that Andretti, who was not driving, registered a blood-alcohol level of .14. Schaffer, who tested at .07, was not charged. The legal limit for drivers in Pennsylvania is 1.0.

Andretti, the son of race car driver Mario Andretti, was with his wife, sister and another friend at the time.

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