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Video Emerges from Accident Scene Involving New York Giants OL David Diehl

June 11th, 2012 at 11:27 AM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl was arrested on Sunday night on suspicion of drunk driving after leaving a Queens, New York bar. Initial reports indicated that Diehl crashed his BMW into several parked cars before authorities arrived on the scene, and now the website Busted Coverage has leaked confirmed video from the incident.

In the video you can see Diehl's black BMW nudged up against a green Saturn parked along the side of the road. The videographer, who appears to be a local bystander, inquires about the accident with those on the scene who indicated Diehl struck not only the green Saturn, but another car just a few feet away. Toward the end of the video, you can clearly see that Diehl did, in fact, strike another car parked behind the Saturn.

The video also purports to show Diehl sitting in the back of a nearby Ambulance, although his face cannot clearly be made out.

As of this morning, Diehl was being held at the 114th precinct after blowing a .18 on the breathalyzer test – more than twice the legal limit in New York. He has been formally charged with DWI.


Tags: David Diehl, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL

2 Responses to “Video Emerges from Accident Scene Involving New York Giants OL David Diehl”

  1.  norm says:


    norm says:
    June 11, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think anyone here honestly believes drunk driving to be “no big deal” (no pun intended). I’ve no doubt that everyone here is aware that it is an incredibly dangerous form of behavior that puts oneself and others in harm’s way and can have potentially fatal consequences.

    That said, it’s a problem that will continue to be endemic in our society for the following two reasons:

    1) As long as alcohol (and to a lesser extent, marijuana) remain the preferred form of social lubricant among the human race, their use will continue to be ubiquitous whenever and wherever people gather together to have a good time.

    2) The United States is a car culture. Without question, the vast majority of residents here regard their own private vehicle as the only acceptable mode of conveyance. Options such as public transit, taxis, limos are often seen as fine (or affordable) for other people, but not for oneself.

    So we’re talking about two behaviors that are largely reflexive in our culture. You go to a social function, you’re likely to drink. You want to go somewhere, you get in your own car and drive. So ingrained are these behaviors that they will often inform the actions of otherwise intelligent people who rationally understand the dangers of drunk driving. That’s not excusing it or downplaying the dangers; that’s just fact.

    Which is why I can’t agree with the Plax analogy that you offered in an earlier thread. What Plax did certainly does not fall under the heading of reflexive behavior. Yes, America is also a gun culture but there are many here who don’t own guns. And those who do generally know that it’s a bad idea to walk into a crowded nightclub with one hidden under the sweatpants. While such an act may be no more inherently dangerous than drunk driving, it also requires a premeditation that rarely precedes the decision to drink, then drive.

    It was the recognition that drinking and driving are both such reflexive behaviors in our society that ultimately led to the harsh penalties against them. I know they worked to alter my behavior. A night in the drunk tank; losing my license for 6 months (when I lived & worked in northern NJ, where public transit is fairly sucky); a hefty fine, and subsequent increases in my insurance premiums (both of which I could scarce afford at the time) proved to be a damn effective deterrent. I suspect I’m not alone and that other drunk drivers who got popped once learned enough of a lesson to think twice before getting behind the wheel after a night of imbibing.

    Obviously, repeat offenders are a different story. And I have no problem with society bringing the full weight of the penal code to bear against them. But that’s not what we’re talking about in the case of Diehl. My hunch is that he will emerge from this a much chastened man and that no future incidences of this behavior will be forthcoming. That said, I’m just glad it wasn’t Hixon who got popped. The level of outrage that would have provoked from you surely would have fried the circuits of this computer.

  2.  Cazart says:

    It’s one thing if you’re an NFL player in Phoenix or Jacksonville where everything is a gazillion miles away from everything else. But in New York? Where you can’t swing a barf-stained Eagles jersey without hitting a Town Car? Call for a freakin’ Town Car. The judge should tack on $1,000 to his fine just for general dumbassery.

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