Mark Grace DUI: Felony charge possible

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
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PHOENIX -- Police have confirmed that they are seeking aggravated DUI charges against Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Mark Grace.

The player-turned-announcer requested a leave of absence from the Diamondbacks organization in the wake of last month's incident. Scottsdale police initially stopped Grace on Aug. 23 for having an expired license plate on his car. Officers arrested the 48-year-old on suspicion of DUI after administering a standard field sobriety test.

Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark said Grace was driving his vehicle without a required interlock device and his license was suspended for a prior DUI in Scottsdale on May 30, 2011.

Clark said at the time that Grace consented to a blood test to determine his blood alcohol content.

In Arizona, a person with a BAC of 0.08 is considered legally impaired. According to the Arizona Revised Statutes, aggravated DUI means the driver had prior arrests; he or she was driving on a suspended, restricted or revoked license; or he or she had a minor younger than 15 in the car. Aggravated DUI is a felony charge.

Fan reaction to Grace's second DUI offense in 15 months has been mixed.

While some were sympathetic, others said they felt let down by his behavior. Still others gave him the benefit of the doubt.

"I've always like him and admired him. It's a heart breaker," Grace fan Adrienne Christy said. "We all have our failing and we can't be judging."

Clark said he planned to release the Grace report later in the day.

Jennifer Thomas and Stacey Delikat contributed to this story.