Published February 14, 2007
NEW YORK – Tracy Morgan pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.
The 38-year-old comic, who co-stars on the NBC sitcom "30 Rock," submitted the plea in Manhattan Criminal Court in exchange for a conditional discharge, meaning he must meet conditions set by the court and the case against him will be dismissed.
Judge Ellen Coin ordered Morgan to enter a doctor-supervised alcohol program, do community service to be determined later, and avoid being arrested again within the next six months. The judge also fined Morgan $1,000 and suspended his driver's license for six months.
Outside court, Morgan, who came to court in a taxi with wife Sabina, apologized for his behavior. "Drinking and driving is not cool," he said, and he promised he would never be in that situation again.
Morgan, a "Saturday Night Live" cast member from 1996 to 2003, was stopped about 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 28, 2006. Police said he smelled of alcohol and later failed a Breathalyzer test.
On Dec. 2, 2005, Morgan was arrested in Hollywood on impaired driving charges after police stopped him for speeding. Authorities there said his blood-alcohol level was 0.13 percent, over the legal limit of 0.08 percent. He leaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to 36 months' probation, fined $390 and ordered to attend an alcohol education program.