Roger Clinton Pleads Guilty
Aug. 07, 2001
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) _ Roger Clinton, half-brother of former President Clinton, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge.
In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped drunken driving and disturbing the peace charges that could have led to a year in jail. He was placed on 24 months' probation and ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from a bar where he had been drinking. He also must pay about $1,400 in fines.
Clinton, 44, was arrested early Feb. 21 when police pulled over his vehicle after he left the bar in Hermosa Beach, south of Los Angeles.
He allegedly had challenged the club's doorman to a fight, then drove away. Police observed him fail to signal a turn, roll through two stop signs and straddle the center line.
In three separate blood tests, Clinton's blood-alcohol level was .10 percent, .08 percent and .09 percent. The legal limit in California is 0.08 percent. Police said Clinton also flunked a field sobriety test.
Clinton, who wasn't in court Tuesday, has said he had only two beers and wasn't intoxicated.
Clinton attorney Mark Geragos said Clinton was targeted in what he called a case of ``political profiling.'' Police denied knowing Clinton was behind the wheel.
Clinton's February arrest came less than a month after President Clinton pardoned him for a 1985 drug offense.