Despite insinuating to Boulder police that he was only a passenger and country music superstar Taylor Swift had been driving his Porsche the day he was arrested for DUI in August, Crocs Inc. cofounder George Boedecker Jr. pleaded guilty Thursday.
Boedecker, 51, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.2 or above, meaning his blood alcohol level was more than twice the DUI threshold of 0.08. It was his first DUI conviction.
Boulder County Judge Karolyn Moore immediately sentenced the footwear tycoon to two years of probation, which includes 30 days of in-home detention with electronic monitoring and other strict conditions, according to the Boulder County District Attorney's Office.
Boedecker, cofounder of Crocs and benefactor of the Boedecker Theater at the Dairy Center for the Arts, was arrested Aug. 12 after witnesses called Boulder police to say a man was sleeping behind the wheel of a running Porsche in the 3400 block of 22nd Street.
According to a police report, when officers and paramedics arrived at the scene, Boedecker exited the vehicle, which was parked partly on the sidewalk. Officers reported he smelled of alcohol, and was slurring his speech and having trouble keeping his balance.
Boedecker told paramedics he was taking a nap after leaving a benefit event earlier in the day. He told police that his girlfriend had been driving the black 2010 Porsche Carrera, but they had gotten into an argument and she had left. When asked whom his girlfriend was, Boedecker told the officer she was a "really (expletive) famous" singer, then asked the officer if he knew who Taylor Swift was, according to the report.
Boedecker was uncooperative with officers throughout the incident, according to reports, saying he was going to become "medieval" and that the arresting officer was now his "enemy for life." When asked to give his address, Boedecker replied, "I have 17 (expletive) homes," and also told the officers he would have their badges, according to the report.
Two days after his arrest, Dovetail Solutions, a public relations firm representing Boedecker, issued a statement that he acknowledged and regretted his run-in with police.
On Thursday, Boedecker issued another public statement through Dovetail Solutions, this time in connection to his guilty plea.
"I have pleaded guilty to the charges, and I accept responsibility for my actions and the resulting consequences. I am prepared to honor my legal obligations and accept my sentence," Boedecker was quoted as saying in the statement.
Boedecker has been authorized to serve his in-home detention in Tennessee. He will also be required to perform 96 hours of community service, pay a $600 fine and undergo alcohol treatment and monitoring, among other conditions during his probation.
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