Redskins quarterback Billy Kilmer has pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with his arrest Dec. 11 on the Capital Beltway. He was placed on probation pending completion of an alcohol safety program in his home jurisdiction, Jefferson Parish, La.
According to court authorities in Jefferson Parish, Kilmer has not enrolled in the program and they have not received the required notification from Fairfax County officials that Kilmer is supposed to attend the program.
Kilmer who was originally scheduled to answer the charge in Fairfax County General District Court today, pleaded guilty on Jan. 6 so he could return home, according to Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Robert F. Horan Jr.
Horan said a letter to Jefferson Parish authorities "should have been sent." A spokesman in the General District Court clerk's office said the letter was mailed Jan. 6.
"I checked again even after you called the first time," Alta Taylor, a judge's clerk in charge of the parish's alcohol safety program records, told a reporter in a second telephone interview yesterday, Kilmer could not be reached for comment.
Mary Coci, judicial clerk in the parish's other court, said, "We have no record of" Kilmer's charge or a letter from Fairfax County.
Kilmer chose to attend the alcohol safety classes rather than contest the charge, Horan said. He must return to Fairfax County for final sentencing after he completes the program, Horan said.
At his final sentencing, a judge can reduce Kilmer's charge to reckless driving and impose a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. A motorist convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol can have his driver's license revoked from six months to a year, be jailed for up to six months, fined up to $500, or all three.
Kilmer was stopped on the Beltway near Braddock Road at about 12:15 a.m. by a Virginia state trooper. He was taken to the Fairfax County jail at 12:55 a.m. and released two minutes later. He posted $500 bond and was released on his own recognizance. Kilmer refused to take a blood and breath test.