- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 13, 2002

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) Public TV journalist and former Democratic spokesman Bill Moyers pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge of negligent driving and was fined $750.

He originally was charged with drunken driving after being stopped last month in the southern Vermont town of Arlington. State Trooper Travis Kline had said the journalist swerved repeatedly across the center line of the road and had trouble negotiating a curve.

Mr. Moyers had disputed the officer's account, and said he had been "in full control" of his faculties.

In a letter to the Bennington Banner, Mr. Moyers said he had just left a friend's birthday party when he was stopped, and that he had had a glass of champagne and a small amount of wine.

A roadside breath test, which is not admissible in court, showed Mr. Moyers' blood-alcohol content to be 0.10 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08, according to authorities. An admissible test about 90 minutes later showed Mr. Moyers' blood-alcohol content at 0.079, within the legal limit.

Mr. Moyers, 68, also was ordered yesterday to take a drunken-driving course and given a choice of paying $1,000 to an anti-drunken-driving group, or performing 200 hours of community service, court staff said.

Mr. Moyers served as special assistant to President Johnson, and in the 1964 presidential campaign against Republican Barry Goldwater approved the infamous "Daisy" commercial that exploited fears of nuclear war.

He was the publisher of the Long Island newspaper Newsday before turning to public TV in the 1970s and also has worked for CBS News.

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