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Braves’ Gilkey Pleads Guilty to DWI

November 9, 2001

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) _ Atlanta Braves outfielder Bernard Gilkey pleaded guilty Friday to driving while intoxicated.

Gilkey, 35, who formerly played for the St. Louis Cardinals, has been arrested for alcohol-related driving incidents at least four times: in Florida in 1998, and in St. Louis County in October 2000, November 2000 and April of this year.

Sentencing was scheduled for Jan. 18. Gilkey faces a maximum of five years in prison.

The April arrest resulted in charges of being a persistent offender, which led to another arrest in July at Lambert Airport. As the Braves passed through Customs after arriving from Montreal, an agent noticed a computer listing that Gilkey was wanted for violating his parole as a result of the April arrest.

The April arrest came less than six weeks after Gilkey pleaded guilty Feb. 27 to misdemeanor DWI charges stemming from arrests on Oct. 10 and Nov. 8.

Court records showed Gilkey measured a blood-alcohol level of .247 when pulled over in October. That was more than double the state’s 0.10 blood-alcohol content for measuring driving while intoxicated. Since then, 0.08 became the drunken driving standard.

Gilkey was placed on probation for two years for the October and November incidents. He was also ordered to attend counseling.

In March 1998, while with the New York Mets, Gilkey was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to one year of probation and 50 hours of community service. His license was also suspended for six months and he was ordered to attend DUI classes.

Gilkey came up with the Cardinals in 1990. His best year was 1996 with the Mets, when he hit .317 with 30 homers and 117 RBIs. Last season, he hit .274 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 106 at-bats for the Braves.

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