Briley pleads guilty to DUI, gets deal on felony charge

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) -- State Rep. Rob Briley of Nashville pleaded guilty Monday to drunken driving.

He was granted a pretrial diversion on a felony charge that he led police on a high-speed chase.

Briley won't be prosecuted for the felony charge and it will be expunged unless he violates the terms of his probation.

Another felony charge for kicking and punching the back door and window of a police cruiser was earlier downgraded to a misdemeanor because he did less than $500 worth of damage.

Briley's lawyer, Frank Lannom, said his client is glad to have the matter over, and glad to be doing things that make him feel better.

Briley was sentenced to 10 days in jail and a $350 fine for drunken driving.

He stepped down from his position as chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee after he was arrested in September but decided not to resign from his seat in the Legislature.

Family members said in October they feared Briley might have been suicidal after he checked himself out of an alcohol and drug treatment center. Police later found him at a Mississippi casino.

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