The singer of "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" is sentenced for DUI by a Phoenix judge

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated June 15, 2004 03:00 PM

Glen Campbell was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 days in jail for extreme drunken driving and leaving the scene of a accident last Nov. 24, say court officials in Phoenix.

The country singer, 68, will be allowed out each day for 12 hours on work furlough under a plea deal that was formally approved during a brief hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court, reports Reuters.

He also was placed on two years’ probation and must perform 75 hours of community service under the sentence, which is scheduled to begin July 1. (This Friday, Campbell is due in Los Angeles to perform at the funeral of Ray Charles.)

Campbell – whose hits include “Wichita Lineman,” “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” – pleaded guilty last month to the two misdemeanor charges stemming from a collision near his Phoenix home in which no one was injured. An aggravated assault charge was dropped as part of the plea bargain.

At the time of his arrest, officers reportedly confronted Campbell at his home and took him into custody. Police said he was alternately combative and congenial: The singer allegedly kneed a sergeant in the thigh while at the station, but he also was heard singing at one point while he was being processed.

Campbell has blamed his arrest on the accidental mixing of alcohol and a prescription anti-anxiety drug. When police stopped him, Campbell reportedly registered a 0.20 blood-alcohol level. The legal limit in Arizona is 0.08, with extreme drunken driving at levels greater than 0.15.