Grammy Winner Emilio Navaira Pleads Guilty to DUI Charge

Grammy-winning Tejano singer Emilio Navaira has pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge in connection with a tour bus accident on March 23, 2008, on Interstate 610 in Houston. The 46-year-old entertainer sustained a severe brain injury in the accident and had part of his skull surgically removed. He wore protective headgear when he entered the plea Friday (March 13) in a Houston court. Investigators said Navaira, who did not have a license to drive the bus, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.19 — more than twice the legal limit. This marked his third DUI arrest. Five members of his band and crew were injured when the bus crashed into traffic barrels on the highway. In pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charge, Navaira was sentenced to one year in jail. However, the judge probated the sentence, and the singer was placed on a two-year probation. He will also serve a three-day jail term and another 27 days under house arrest with an ankle monitor. His sentence includes a $4,000 fine, and he will be required to perform 200 hours of community service work. In 1995, Navaira sought to cross over to mainstream country.