Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced Monday that Diehl is due back in court on July 26, which just so happens to be the first day of the Giants' training camp.
"The defendant is accused of getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol and crashing his vehicle. Luckily, no one was injured. Drinking and driving is never a good idea -- and can often have serious consequences," Brown said in a news release.
Diehl, who is of Croatian descent, admitted to a police officer that he had been out drinking while watching a UEFA Euro 2012 soccer game in which Croatia beat Ireland. (A photo of Diehl out with fellow fans was spotted after the arrest was made.)
One witness told the New York Daily News that Diehl was discovered passed out at the wheel of his car, but police would not confirm that report.
Diehl blew a .182 on the intoxilyzer test, which is more than double the legal limit. Charged with two counts of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he was arraigned on Monday and released. His driver's license is suspended pending prosecution. A conviction would potentially land him in jail for up to one year and/or carry a $1,000 fine.
A 10-year veteran and noted leader of the Giants, Diehl has no previous arrest record. His teammates came out in support of him on Monday.
Everyone has made a mistake. Dave Diehl has been a Giant for 10 years, and been role model longer than that. He has my full support.â Steve Weatherford (@Weatherford5) June 11, 2012
UPDATE: The Giants released a statement later Monday addressing the incident:
"Obviously, we are aware of the situation, although we have not yet had a chance to discuss it with David," the statement read. "Since it is an ongoing legal matter, we will refrain from comment at this time, although we will say that David has been an outstanding representative of this organization for the past 10 years, and nobody knows more than David does what is expected of our players both on and off the field."
Diehl also tweeted an apology on Monday and also released a statement through the team.
"I've worked hard during my career to set a positive example, and yesterday I fell far short of this standard," Diehl said in the statement. "I apologize to my family, my fans, the New York Giants, and the NFL. I made a poor decision that I sincerely regret, and, as always, take full responsibility for my actions."