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Coors beer executive pleads guilty to DWI

July 17, 2006
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Beer executive Pete Coors pleaded guilty to driving while impaired, a lesser charge than the DUI count filed against him after his May arrest, and was sentenced to 24 hours of community service, the Associated Press reports. The judge suspended a $200 fine, but ordered Coors to participate on a panel sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and to go through alcohol education courses. Coors'' driver''s license also was suspended for three months from the date of his arrest, and he must also pay $495 in court costs and fees. District attorney''s spokeswoman Pam Russell said it was typical to dismiss the drunken driving charge for the lesser charge when defendants, like Coors, have no previous arrests. The Denver Post reported that Coors entered the plea against the advice of his attorney because he thought the arrest had been an embarrassment to him and his company. Coors, 59, vice chairman and a director of Molson Coors Brewing Co., was pulled over by a state trooper May 28 after he left a friend''s wedding celebration.

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