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Mark Grace indicted on DUI charges

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Former Diamondbacks announcer Mark Grace has been indicted on 4 felony DUI counts, which could land him years in prison.

48-year-old Grace of Paradise Valley was pulled over in Scottsdale in late August for having expired registration tags on his vehicle.

After speaking with Grace and administering standard field sobriety tests, the officer took Grace into custody for DUI.

Scottsdale Police say that Grace was driving without the required interlock device and that his license was suspended for a prior DUI in Scottsdale from May 30, 2011.

His blood was submitted for testing and he was released. Testing showed Grace had a blood alcohol level of .095.

Grace could spend up to 3.75 years in prison if convicted of all 4 counts of aggravated DUI. The charges are aggravated because he was driving without the required interlock device and with a suspended license.

"It is unimaginable that anyone would get prison time for a first time felony DUI," says criminal defense attorney Scott Halverson.

He says it's unlikely Grace would serve the maximum 4-year sentence.

"There are occasions where the prosecutor will plead down a felony DUI to a misdemeanor."

The law requires the person with a first time felony DUI offense to spend at least four months in a DUI facility at the Department of Corrections. That might be the place Grace goes when convicted. But anyone with a DUI charge serving a year or less goes to Tent City.

The inmates say it's not a fun place. They heard about Mark Grace's slip-up.

"It is pretty shocking, he's messed up four times now, you got to learn sometime," says Tent City inmate Brian Latour.

"I just think that's a shame. If you remember when the Arizona Diamondbacks were in the World Series, he took Mariano Rivera out of the stretch and opened the table for us to win the World Series. And he's been a broadcaster," says inmate Lance Hamblin.

During his career in professional baseball, Grace played first base for the Chicago Cubs, and played for the Diamondbacks during their World Series win.

The Diamondbacks announced in August that Grace was taking leave from broadcasting to "seek personal assistance." He has since been replaced.

Grace's next court appearance is December 5.

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