Ex-Bears QB Bob Avellini charged with aggravated DUI for sixth arrest

avelliniAccording to the Chicago Tribune, former Chicago Bears quarterback Bob Avellini has been arrested again for DUI.  According to the story, this is his sixth DUI arrest; however he has only been found guilty twice, so this would still count as his third DUI.  Moreover, the arrest came only a week after he had been convicted and placed on probation for a 2012 DUI, and his license was revoked.  (A DUI can be charged as aggravated if the person has two or more prior DUIs, or did not have a valid license, amongst other reasons).  If convicted on this new arrest, Avellini would face a sentence of anywhere from probation to seven years in prison.  Also, he could be re-sentenced to jail on the 2012 case, for violating his probation by committing a new offense.

From the Tribune:

A DuPage County grand jury indicted former Bears quarterback Bob Avellini on felony drunken driving charges this week after his sixth DUI-related arrest since 2002.

Avellini, who played for the Bears from 1975 to 1984, was stopped by Roselle police Sept. 15 while driving near his northwest suburban home. According to court records, Avellini “had (a) very strong odor of alcohol, glassy bloodshot eyes, lethargic motion, (and) slurred speech” upon being pulled over.

The police report also described him as confused and swaying during the 12:45 a.m. traffic stop. He also acknowledged that he had been drinking, court records state.

Avellini, 60, refused to submit to a breath test, so his blood was drawn at Central DuPage Hospital. Records show his blood alcohol content was 0.181 — more than twice the legal limit — four hours after being pulled over.

Prosecutors later charged Avellini with felony drunken driving because he has two prior DUI convictions and was driving on a suspended license. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.

A DuPage County grand jury affirmed the charge this week, indicting Avellini on five counts of aggravated driving under the influence. He is expected back in court later this month.

Reached at his Roselle home Friday, Avellini declined to comment.

Avellini’s latest arrest came nine days after a DuPage  County judge convicted him of a misdemeanor drunken driving charge stemming from a 2012 arrest. He was sentenced to serve two years of probation, perform 300 hours of public service and undergo an evaluation for counseling services. He was instructed not to drive until the court allows it, records show.

Avellini also has a DUI conviction on his record from 2002, according to the Illinois secretary of state’s office. He has beaten DUI charges three times in the past decade, DuPage County court records show.

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