Crocker Pleads Guilty to Reduced Charge

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Ryan Crocker, the former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, is pleading guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving in connection with a drunken driving accident in Spokane Valley this summer.

The Spokesman-Review reported the 63-year-old retired diplomat entered the plea bargain Wednesday in Spokane County District Court.

He originally faced a drunken driving charge after colliding with a semi-truck at a Spokane Valley intersection on Aug. 14, then driving away as a witness tailed him. No injuries were reported in the collision.

Crocker apologized for his actions and said it will not happen again.

As part of the sentence, Crocker's driver's license will be suspended for 30 days and he must pay a $1,000 fine. He may also have to pay to fix damage to the truck.