Sporting World DUI Round-up, Part 2

Just last Thursday, I put up a lengthy blog post linking to numerous stories about several sports figures who had DUI or other criminal cases.  I thought that would take care of this topic for a while.  I was wrong.

So here is the latest round-up, with stories published since last Thursday afternoon:

Phoenix Cardinals linebacker John Abraham was charged with a DUI in Georgia last June.  He had a previous driving while impaired when he played for the Jets back in 2003.

Ex-Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Darius Johnson was charged with a DUI in May by Atlanta, Georgia police.  Johnson was cut by the Falcons on Friday.

Phoenix Suns wing player P.J. Tucker was charged with “super extreme DUI” in Scottsdale, AZ, after his blood alcohol level was in excess of 0.20.

The Jaguars announced that they won’t cut Justin Blackmon after his recent marijuana possession case.

Aldon Smith says he has been sober ever since he underwent rehab last fall and plans to meet with Commissioner Goodell soon.

According to reports, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon entered rehab after his recent DUI arrest.

An Alabama judge found Dallas Cowboy Rolondo McClain guilty of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and sentenced him to 18 days in jail.  The sentence was stayed while McClain appeals.

Philadelphia Eagles safety Keelan Johnson was arrested for assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Aaron Hernandez lost another motion, this time to dismiss the murder charges against him in the Odin Lloyd case.

Alderman Rey Colon arrested for DUI, could cost him his job

colonFrom the Chicago Tribune:

Ald. Rey Colon, 35th, was stopped about 1 a.m. Friday on the Eisenhower Expressway near Homan Avenue, police spokeswoman Monique Bond said. Colon was charged with misdemeanor DUI.

Colon, 53, was stopped after his 2006 Honda was seen drifting between westbound lanes without signaling as he prepared to exit the highway, Bond said. After being given field sobriety tests, he was arrested and charged with DUI, driving on an expired license, improper lane use and failure to signal.

Bond declined to say whether Colon took a breathalyzer test, as police often do in such cases. The alderman is due in court on Aug. 15, she said.

Being charged with a misdemeanor DUI is bad enough for any politician, let alone one like Colon who had a prior DUI in 1995 according to the Tribune.

But that is not the worst part.  I highlighted the part about Alderman Colon also being charged with driving on an expired license, because under 625 ILCS 5/11-501(d)(1)(H) it is an aggravating factor if “the person committed the violation while he or she did not possess a driver’s license or permit” and Cook County prosecutors could choose to upgrade his case from a misdemeanor to a Class 4 felony.

This happens all the time to people who have had the misfortune to get a DUI in Chicago at a time when their license has expired or was suspended for some minor reason — even if they didn’t know their license was expired or suspended until after the arrest.

Under state law, convicted felons cannot hold municipal office, so if Alderman Colon is convicted, he would become ineligible to hold the office of alderman.

Sounds like he needs a good lawyer.

Its time for another sporting world DUI round-up

NFL training camp has begun, which means that it is time for players to wrap up their pending criminal cases to avoid any further “distractions.”  Here are the latest stories, plus a few others in the world of college and retired players:

San Francisco 49er Aldon Smith received three years of probation for a DUI and gun charges.  As part of his sentence, he had to spend 12 days in jail, plus perform 235 hours of community service and pay a fine of $2,000.

Dallas Cowboys guard Ronald Leary plead guilty and received 18 months probation and a $1,000 fine for his DWI.

Seattle Seahawks running back Spencer Ware had his DUI dismissed after a judge ruled that the officer lacked reasonable suspicion to arrest him for drunk driving.

St. Louis Ram Jo-Lonn Dunbar and NBA free agent Donte Greene were arrested together in Miami for battery and disorderly conduct in South Beach, Florida.

A little more than a year after pleading guilty to a DUI, Jacksonville Jaguar wide receive Justin Blackmon was arrested for possession of marijuana after he was pulled over for a traffic violation and police smelled burning cannabis (in Illinois, that would be a DUI).

Former Bears quarterback Bob Avellini has hired a private detective to look into the blood alcohol test that Avellini took when he was arrested for his latest DUI, which occurred nine days into his two year probation for his previous DUI.  The blood test result was over twice the legal limit (0.181) but my guess is that Avellini’s attorneys will try to show that the test was done improperly or that the sample may have been tainted.

Former Jets quarterback Erik Ainge had his DUI case dropped after the arresting officer moved out of state and was unavailable to testify.  Who says the Jets are unlucky?

Alabama defensive lineman Jarran Reed was arrested for a DUI.

Football players don’t just commit DUIs, so here is the rest of the crime blotter:

Former Detroit Lions WR Titus Young was charged with a felony (battery with serious injuries).

Former Patriot TE Aaron Hernandez lost a motion to suppress evidence in his murder trial.

Darren Sharper is facing allegations of drugging women and sexually assaulting them in California and Arizona at the moment, and authorities have investigated him in Louisiana, Nevada and Florida.  His next hearing is scheduled for August 8th in California.

Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Carolina Panthers Greg Hardy was convicted of assault on a female (his girlfriend) and communicating threats.  He was sentenced to probation, but under the law where the case was held, he can now “appeal” and get a jury trial do-over.  This collection of quotes from the trial is a must-read.

Reading the tea leaves: Probation for Carly Rousso?

Today, Carly Rousso’s sentencing hearing was continued until September 17th.

More interesting to me was that Judge Booras once again refused to revoke Rousso’s bond, despite what has been described as a “heated discussion” by prosecutor Michael Ori.

As I have written before, the statute governing DUIs causing death requires a prison sentence unless the court finds that there are exceptional circumstances compelling a sentence of probation.

The fact that Judge Booras has been inclined to allow Rousso to remain on bond pending sentencing is a strong inclination that he is strongly considering probation.  Otherwise, if he was anticipating sentencing her to years in prison, he might as well lock her up now to avoid any possibility that she commit another offense in the interim.

Again, this is only conjecture.  We shall know definitively in September.

Village Manager of Westmont arrested for DUI leading to awesome mugshot

searlFrom the Chicago Tribune:

The village manager for west suburban Westmont was charged with driving under the influence after he was pulled over while driving in a center turn lane in a neighboring town, police said today.

Ronald R. Searl, 54, was stopped shortly before midnight on July 3 after a Clarendon Hills police officer saw him turning into the parking lot of a business that was closed on 55th Street, Clarendon Hills Police Chief Ted Jenkins said.

By the time the officer turned around to investigate, Searl was allegedly driving westbound on 55th Street in the center turn lane.

The officer stopped Searl and noticed an odor of alcohol on his breath, Jenkins said.  Searl was arrested and taken to the station after he failed a field sobriety test. While at the station, a Breathalyzer test allegedly showed his blood-alcohol content was .112, which is over the legal limit of .08, according to Jenkins.

Searl was charged with driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol content over .08, both misdemeanors.  He was also ticketed for driving in the wrong lane, Jenkins said.

Lake County Judge denies Carly Rousso’s post-trial motion

Lake County Judge Booras denied Carly Rousso’s post-trial motion today.  The motion sought to overturn her convictions for aggravated DUI and reckless homicide on the grounds that the cleaning chemical that she was “huffing” before the fatal crash was not covered by the Illinois DUI statute.

The case will now proceed to sentencing.  Rousso faces up to fourteen years in prison for the crash.

Watch dash cam video of drunk driver crossing center line and plowing into 3 cars

From the web site of the David Feldman Show:

Montgomery Township, Philadelphia police made public today dash cam video of a drunk driver smashing into a cop car stopped at a light. Nobody was injured on June 17, 2014 when Phillip Marress from Tennessee plowed headlong into a police cruiser and three other cars before his vehicle came to a complete stop on its side. Marress was arrested after allegedly telling police he had mixed beer with two shots and a Percoset. Montgomery Township Police Chief Scott Bendig said today that Marress never hit his brakes and seemed unperturbed while officers rescued him from his overturned car.

Lamest DUI excuse ever? “The dog did it”

dogdriverFrom UPI.com:

A Georgia man who appeared to be “highly intoxicated” was arrested after allegedly telling an Oconee County officer that his dog drove him to the store so that he could purchase corn.

According to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Sgt. Partain responded to a call about a dog in a hot car. When Partain arrived on the scene, he encountered a canine in a locked vehicle that had a temperature which clocked in at 123 degrees when measured with a handheld thermometer.

Partain also saw a can of gasoline inside the vehicle and said the smell was stifling.

The car’s driver, Wesley Terrell, allegedly told Partain that “the dog drove him to Bell’s to buy some corn.”

The 60-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with animal cruelty and driving under the influence.

Animal control took the dog into custody.

Browns Receiver Josh Gordon arrested for DUI

The Cleveland Browns’ star wide receiver Josh Gordon was arrested this holiday weekend for DWI.  He was pulled over in Raleigh, NC for allegedly speeding 50 in a 35 zone and he failed a breath alcohol test, although not by much.  According to reports, he tested at 0.09, just slightly over the legal limit of 0.08.

The DUI occurred while he was facing a one year suspension by the NFL for a second offense violation of the league’s drug policy.

The arrest also occurred while Gordon was driving a 2015 Cadillac Escalade owned by the Charlotte Hornet’s 2014 first round pick, P.J. Hairston.

Interestingly enough, “Gordon’s $500 bond was paid by Haydn “Fats” Thomas, a convicted felon from Durham who is linked to Hairston and to the rental cars he was driving in a series of traffic stops in the summer of 2013. Hairston’s off-the-court troubles before what would have been his junior season led to his dismissal from UNC.” (quote from WRAL.com)