Though former Fox 5 TV reporter Mike Sheehan originally said "neigh" to charges that he was drunk when he drove into a mounted police officer in March, yesterday he pleaded guilty to driving while impaired by alcohol. Sheehan drove into the horse and cop on Varick Street in Tribeca, leaving the cop with a bruised leg and the horse with cuts, bruises and scrapes; he refused to take a Breathalyzer test after the accident. In true Fox news style, Sheehan had claimed that the horse was actually to blame for colliding with him.
Sheehan was fired by Channel 5 after the incident; he had worked there for 16 years. A source at the station told the Daily News, "I think everybody knows Mike knows what he's talking about when he talks about the city. He is New York. I think it's a big deal. It's a big loss for us."
Yesterday Sheehan was sentenced to five days of community service, lost his driver's license for 90 days and was fined $500. His lawyer had no comment for the press, except to remind everyone that Sheehan is looking for work. Happily, the horse survived.