US Air CEO gets a day in jail for drunk driving

Doug Parker also ordered to pay fine and to undergo alcohol screening after pleading guilty to recent DUI charge.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (CNN) -- US Airways CEO Doug Parker was sentenced to one day in prison Tuesday for driving under the influence of alcohol in Phoenix the night Delta Air Lines rejected a takeover bid from his company, a US Airways spokesman confirmed to CNN.

At a hearing in Scottsdale City court, Parker "accepted full and total responsibility for his recent DUI charge by entering a guilty plea to this charge (against the advice of his attorney)," US Airways said in a statement.

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After pleading guilty to driving under the influence Tuesday, US Air CEO Doug Parker was ordered by an Arizona court to spend a night in jail.

Parker was ordered to spend 24 hours in jail on March 15, was fined $1,646.25 and ordered to receive alcohol screening at the Center for Recovering Families, according to the Scottsdale City Court Clerk's office.

A second DUI charge and a speeding charge were dismissed.

Parker was pulled over for speeding, driving 65 mph in a 45 mph zone in Scottsdale, on Jan. 31 at 11:30 p.m., said Sgt. Mark Clark.

The incident occurred the night Delta Air Lines (down $0.06 to $0.70, Charts) rejected a takeover bid from his company.

Arizona's maximum blood-alcohol limit for operating a moving vehicle is .080 percent. Parker's blood tests, which were released a week later, show his blood alcohol was over the legal driving limit at .096 percent.

Parker was driving a black 2005 BMW sedan and Mark said Parker's arrest was "uneventful other than who he was."

"Doug knows he made a serious mistake and has apologized for his actions," US Airways said.

US Airways (down $0.32 to $56.38, Charts) shares were more than 1 percent higher in afternoon trade on the New York Stock Exchange.

-- From CNN's Katy Byron and Erica Henry


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