HIGH POINT, N.C. -- NASCAR driver Scott Wimmer was convicted
of driving while impaired and leaving the scene of a January
He received a 60-day suspended sentence and was placed on
unsupervised probation for a year Tuesday. He also was ordered to
perform 24 hours of community service.
Wimmer can still compete, but he will be on probation for the
rest of the NASCAR season and must perform further community
service that the series is arranging.
Wimmer was granted a limited driver's license for 12 months,
meaning the license could be revoked if he is found driving with
alcohol in his system, defense lawyer Chuck Alexander said
The 28-year-old driver already has undergone an alcohol
assessment, which found he had no substance abuse problems,
satisfying the last term of the sentence, Alexander said.
Wimmer said in a statement posted on the Web site of his
sponsor, Bill Davis Racing, that he won't appeal the decision.
"I respect the decision of the courts," Wimmer said. "I'm
eager to put all of this behind me and move forward. My next
commitment to putting all of this behind me is to try and help
others from making the same mistake that I've made."
Should Wimmer lose his license, he would not necessarily be
banned from NASCAR events, spokesman Mike Zizzo said. To drive in
NASCAR races, drivers must possess only a valid NASCAR license,
which requires that they be 18, physically fit and able to pass
driving ability tests administered by NASCAR.
Alexander said his client may not go forward with an appeal.
Wimmer moved up to the Nextel Cup -- NASCAR'S top level -- last
fall after three seasons of racing in the Busch Series. He had five
wins in three years in the Busch Series.
He was arrested Jan. 31 for driving while impaired after
wrecking a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck owned by Bill Davis Racing.
Wimmer drives for the High Point-based racing team in NASCAR'S
top-level Nextel Cup series.
Police had found some of Wimmer's possessions near the truck
that had overturned in a ditch. Wimmer was found in his High Point
home, crouched beside his bed and bleeding from a head wound,
High Point police records state that Wimmer was charged after a
breath test found he had a blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent,
nearly twice the state legal limit. Drivers are considered
intoxicated if their blood-alcohol content is more than 0.08
His wife, Jody Ambrose, was found not guilty of charges that she
impeded the investigation by lying to police.