'I made a mistake. I let a lot of people down,' Graham Glasgow said in court. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)
Ann Arbor – Michigan offensive lineman Graham Glasgow, who pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of operating while visibly impaired in a mid-March incident, has been sentenced to 12 months of probation and six days of community service and must pay substantial monetary fines.
Glasgow, along with his lawyer John Shea, appeared before judge Joseph Burke in 15th District Court on Monday morning. Shea spoke first to the judge about his client, saying Glasgow is a first-time offender.
“He made a serious error in judgment,” Shea said. “He’s ready to accept responsibility for it.”
Glasgow, who declined comment outside the court room, told the judge he plans to learn from this experience.
“I made a mistake,” Glasgow told the judge. “I let a lot of people down. I’m sorry. This is an opportunity to learn from the mistake and never let this happen again.”
He entered a guilty plea last month to the lesser charge, which is a misdemeanor punishable up to 93 days in jail. On March 15, Glasgow said he drank up to a dozen beers at his home beginning at 4 p.m. After a 90-minute nap, he got in his car and drove at 9 p.m.
The initial stop was made, according to the police report, when an officer noticed a “white female hanging from the front passenger side window.” The woman was “screaming at pedestrians,” the report said. Shortly after, the officer observed the rear tailgate of the vehicle opened and items concealed the license plate.
Glasgow told the judge that his first breath sample yielded a .11 and at the police station it registered .13.
As part of his punishment, Glasgow must attend a MADD meeting, submit to alcohol testing and attend counseling. His court fines were nearly $1,000.
In his remarks to the judge, Glasgow said he let down his family and teammates. He already has been punished by Michigan football coach Brady Hoke. Glasgow missed a portion of spring practice and will sit out the season opener against Appalachian State.