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In a Nashville courtroom yesterday (Aug. 15), country singer Deana Carter avoided jail time by entering a "best interest" plea of driving while impaired, and instead received a sentence of community service and a fine. As previously reported, Carter was charged with drunken driving Dec. 21 when she was stopped for driving 48 mph in a 30 mph zone and the arresting officer smelled alcohol on her breath. Judge William Faimon sentenced Carter to 16 hours of community service at the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and a $500 fine.
"Deana simply followed my advice," her lawyer Bill Ramsey said in a statement. "In my opinion, this is the best resolution for all involved. Deana and I have the greatest respect for the Metro Police Department and the Office of the District Attorney General and the professional way they handled the case. We are glad that the entire matter is now concluded. She can now focus on her career and the upcoming release of her new album."
That new album, "I'm Just a Girl," is due in March 2003. The set will be her first for Arista Nashville following last year's Rounder holiday release "Father Christmas," and two albums for Capitol. Those releases, 1998's "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" and 1995's "Did I Shave My Legs for This?," peaked at No. 6 and No. 2, respectively, on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.