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John Denver to Give Concert to Settle Charges

September 26, 1993| Associated Press

ASPEN, Colo. — John Denver has been sentenced to sing at a benefit concert to settle drunk-driving charges after he pleaded guilty to driving while his ability was impaired.

The 49-year-old performer was originally charged with driving under the influence, but prosecutors agreed to let him plead guilty to the lesser charge.

The longtime resident of this Rocky Mountain ski resort has until March 8 to complete the typical sentence of 28 hours of public service, which will include doing the benefit.

Denver also must undergo an alcohol-abuse evaluation and pay a $50 fine.

Denver was stopped when a police officer saw his 1963 Porsche weaving on a city street just after midnight on Aug. 21. He told arresting officers he drank two glasses of wine while dining with friends at a local restaurant.

He had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.14, police said. Colorado's legal standard for intoxication is 0.10.

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