US Airways chief Doug Parker will spend a day in jail after defying his lawyer’s advice and pleading guilty Tuesday to drunken driving.
A Scottsdale City Court judge ordered the chief executive officer of the Tempebased airline to also pay a fine of about $1,650 and get screened by a doctor for alcohol problems — typical procedure following a DUI conviction.
Parker was arrested Jan. 31 after being pulled over for speeding by a Scottsdale police officer. The arrest came just hours after US Airways lost a $9.8 billion bid to take over Delta Air Lines.
A test showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.096 — just over the state’s legal limit of 0.08.
“At today’s hearing, he accepted full and total responsibility for his recent DUI charge,” company spokeswoman Valerie Wunder wrote in a note to employees on Tuesday. She added that he did so against his attorney’s advice.
Tuesday marks the third time that Parker, 45, has been convicted of drunken driving. Earlier this month, he admitted he had two other convictions, both of which occurred in his 20s. He said, however, the convictions don’t point to a pattern.
“I believe that events from 15 and 20 years ago do not reflect on the person I am today,” he wrote in a statement.
One conviction came in 1991 in Dallas when he was a financial manager for the airline headquartered there, American Airlines. He spent one day in jail after his conviction, said US Airways spokeswoman Elise Eberwein. He also paid a fine, according to court records. Parker did not release details on his other conviction, and the Tribune has been unable to locate court records of it.
His most recent arrest did not come to light until the Tribune confirmed it with Scottsdale police more than a week after it happened.
Parker told a company spokeswoman he was driving two friends home who had too much to drink at a company-sponsored event at the FBR Open golf tournament.