Colts’ linebacker Andrew Jackson arrested for his second DUI in last year

Indianapolis Colts’ linebacker Andrew Jackson may have made two big mistakes Friday.  First, when he was arrested for DUI, the second when he plead guilty later in the day. Jackson was already on court supervision for another DUI from earlier in the year in Muncie.  That supervision required that he not violate any laws for one full year.  By pleading guilty to the new case, Jackson cannot argue that he did not commit a new offense. I am surprised that Jackson would plead guilty so fast, especially when the new case seems borderline at best. From the Indianapolis Star:

Bowling Green police said Jackson was arrested at 4:15 a.m. Friday, after an officer observed his car “swirling from side to side,” while traveling west on University Boulevard. The officer said that when he stopped the vehicle, Jackson had the “odor of alcohol” on his person and coming from his vehicle and the officer said he had “bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech.” Jackson was given a field-sobriety test, arrested and then transported to Warren County Regional Jail, where he was given a breath test and recorded a blood alcohol content of 0.088, above the limit of 0.08 at which a person is considered to be driving drunk.

Jackson, 22, Carmel, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and reckless driving Friday in Warren District Court in Bowling Green, Ky., and was sentenced to 14 days of home incarceration and participation in an alcohol and drug education program. His driver’s license also was suspended for a year in Kentucky and Florida, his home state.

With a BAC just barely over 0.088, and a violation of sentence looming over him, Jackson would have been better served to have consulted with an attorney and considered his options if he took the case to trial. Even if he was going to plead to the new case, he should have had a discussion with his counsel about the consequences of the plea on the old case.

Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson arrested for DUI

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Lawson posted this picture on facebook last night

From Colorado’s 9News:

Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI Friday morning.

Denver Police say he was arrested at 1:19 a.m. in the 3400 block of Park Avenue West after reportedly going 60 mph in a 35 mph zone.

The arresting officer clocked Lawson on his radar as going 61 mph.

“Upon contact, [Lawson] stated he had consumed alcohol prior to driving,” the probable cause document says.

The arresting officer claimed Lawson’s speech was slurred, breath had a strong odor of alcohol, he was swaying and his eyes were bloodshot.

He consented to a field sobriety test, which he failed according to the officer. He refused a chemical test.

After being taken to DDC DUI Room, Lawson reportedly admitted to an officer that he had a previous DUI in Missouri.

Lawson was cited for speeding, DUI and careless driving.

Lawson posted on his Facebook profile that he was participating in Nuggets Social at Punch Bowl Social on Broadway in Denver Thursday night.

Jerramy Stevens arrested for DUI while driving US Women’s National Soccer Team van with wife Hope Solo as passenger

Neither ex-NFL tight end nor his wife, US Women’s National Soccer Team goalkeeper Hope Solo, are strangers from law enforcement.  Just a week after Solo’s domestic violence case was dismissed, the two were allegedly highly intoxicated while Jerramy was driving the US National Soccer team’s van.

Stevens was stopped by Manhattan Beach, California police for driving without his headlights on, at 1:30 a.m.  Allegedly both Stevens and Solo were belligerent.  The US National Team has suspended Solo 30 days for her conduct, event though she wasn’t charged with any offense.

Well-known Chicago DJ, DJ Lego, charged with aggravated DUI involving death of female passenger

From the Chicago Tribune:

A ongtime Chicago DJ was drunk and driving more than 90 mph when he lost control of his black Lexus on Lake Shore Drive and flipped over on a frozen lagoon in Lincoln Park, killing the woman riding with him, prosecutors and police said.

Rafael Rodriguez, 42, of the 3900 block of North Ashland Avenue, is charged with aggravated driving under the influence resulting in an accident causing death, a felony, according to police. He’s also charged with driving without a license and a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, police said. Rodriguez’s blood alcohol content was 0.17 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08, Assistant State’s Attorney Akash Vyas said.

Rodriguez was ordered held on $1 million bail Wednesday.

Known as DJ Lego, Rodriguez has been a well-known part of the Chicago house music and club scene for more than two decades, according to friends and public records. Rodriguez’s driving record shows numerous moving violations and other traffic citations, including for driving without a valid license.

Witnesses saw Rodriguez weaving in and out of traffic at 90 mph when he crashed through a guardrail while driving south in the 2200 block of North Lake Shore Drive about 1:40 a.m. Monday, according to police and prosecutors. Rodriguez’s Lexus hit a tree, skidded across the frozen Lincoln Park rowing lagoon south of Diversey Harbor, then hit the lagoon’s retaining wall and flipped over on the ice, Vyas said.

Claudia Beruben, 37, who was riding with Rodriguez, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she later died, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Rodriguez smelled of alcohol when fire crews took him from the driver’s seat of the car, Vyas said.

Rodriguez was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious condition. He remained hospitalized as of Tuesday, being treated for injuries including fractured vertebrae and hand injuries, and no date had been set for him to appear in court.

Vyas said Rodriguez had six violations of speeding laws in the past five years and his license had been revoked…

Beruben, of south suburban Calumet Park, was a single mother who leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter, according to family and friends…

Friends have set up a foundation for Claudia’s daughter through the GiveForward website under the heading “Hopes & Dreams for Claudia Beruben’s daughter.”

Woman gets DWI with 0.26 BAC by drinking vanilla extract

You learn something new every day.  I did not know that vanilla extract was equivalent to vodka.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

An upstate New York woman who was found driving erratically in a Wal-Mart parking lot told officers she was drinking vanilla extract after being arrested for a DWI.

Carolyn Kesel, 46, of Seneca Falls, New York, had a blood alcohol level of .26, more than three times the state’s legal limit.

According to ABC 7, police said the vanilla extract she was drinking was 41 percent alcohol, which is similar to vodka or gin.

Details emerging about Tim Jennings’ DUI arrest, the evidence looks weak to me

The police report for Bears CB Tim Jennings’ DUI arrest has been released on the internet, and in my opinion, the case does not look very solid to me.

Jennings was stopped at 11:44 a.m. on an interstate after being clocked for going 99 in a 65 mph zone.  Jennings later told the officer that he was late for a parent-teacher conference.

Jennings was taken aback when the officer stated that he detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and began questioning him about whether he had been drinking.  Jennings told the officer had had not drank in over ten hours.  The officer then asked Jennings whether he had brushed his teeth that morning, and added that “you can brush your teeth and still have the smell of alcohol on your breath, you know that.”

Jennings must have correctly guessed that this officer was going to arrest him for a DUI regardless of the evidence, because from this point on, he refused to cooperate by performing field tests or a breath test.

Considering that although Jennings was driving fast, he was not drifting, swerving or otherwise driving in an impaired manner, that he was not confused or befuddled, there are no reports of slurred speech or bloodshot eyes, nor unsure or difficult walking, and there are no field tests or breath test, it is hard to see how Jennings would be found guilty of this case.  Then again, I don’t know what the courts are like in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Bears cornerback Tim Jennings arrested for DUI

When I said yesterday that the NFL arrest season had just begun, even I didn’t realize the arrests would keep coming at such a rapid pace.

Arrest #3  Saints LB Junior Galette

Galette was arrested for domestic violence.  His lawyer states that the allegations are false.

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Arrest #4:  Bears CB Tim Jennings

Bears cornerback Tim Jennings was pulled over around noon Wednesday in Gwinnett County, GA for speeding 99 mph in a 65 mph zone.  After an investigation, he was placed under arrest for DUI and reckless driving. He has posted bond.

NFL arrest season is back and in full swing

Now that the regular season is over, it is time for the NFL’s second season to begin — the arrest season.

#1  Vikings rookie cornerback Jabari Price (from the StarTribune):

Vikings rookie cornerback Jabari Price was arrested early Monday, the morning after the team’s season-ending win over Chicago, on a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired.

A state trooper observed Price driving above the speed limit southbound on Interstate Hwy. 35W and pulled him over at 60th Street at 3:18 a.m. The trooper “detected impairment in the driver,” according to the State Patrol incident report, and administered a breathalyzer test. Price had a blood alcohol count of 0.13 and was arrested.

#2 Jets linebacker Jermaine Cunningham (from NJ.com):

Jets outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham has been accused of spreading sexual images and illegally transporting a handgun in his Audi.

Cunningham was arrested Dec. 29 at his Lafayette Avenue apartment in Summit after police responded to a 911 call from someone near the apartment, said Mark Spivey, spokesman for the Union County Prosecutor’s office.

Details of the events were sketchy, but police said they received the call at about 4:15 p.m.

While officers were at the scene, they obtained Cunningham’s consent to search his Audi, and found a .380 handgun in the glove compartment, Spivey said.

He said Cunningham was charged with third-degree invasion of privacy under a state law that prohibits the disclosure of sexual images of a person without the individual’s consent. Spivey declined to give further details surrounding that charge.

Cunningham also was charged with criminal mischief for the destruction of clothing, Spivey said. Information about just what clothes were destroyed and how was not available.

Supervisor for the Independent Police Review Authority arrested by Chicago Police for DUI

From the Chicago Tribune:

A supervisor for the agency that investigates Chicago Police misconduct who was pulled over early New Year’s Day had trouble following directions and fell asleep in the back of a squad car when he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, according to police.

George Roberts, 50, was arrested at 1:20 a.m. Thursday, according to Chicago Police Department spokeswoman Ana Pacheco. Roberts was driving a black 2007 Chevrolet Trail Blazer when he was pulled over in the 1500 block of East 85th Place, according to a police report.

According to Larry Merritt, spokesman for the Independent Police Review Authority, or IPRA, Roberts is a supervisor for the agency. The agency is referring the matter to the city’s inspector general, Merritt said.

South Chicago District officers saw the Blazer pulling out from a parked position into oncoming traffic near 8800 South Stony Island Avenue and turned on their squad car’s sirens and lights to try to get the Blazer’s driver to stop, according to the report. The Blazer swerved in and out of the center lane while heading north until 85th Place, where the driver turned left without signaling and started going west.

The Blazer stopped in the 1500 block of East 85th Place, and when the officers approached, the driver, later identified as Roberts, opened the SUV door and the officers “smelled a strong odor of alcoholic beverage,” according to the report.

When the officers asked Roberts if he was all right, and he didn’t answer, they ordered him to get out of the SUV, according to the report. Roberts, who had glassy, watery eyes, had trouble getting out of the SUV and staggered, then had slurred speech, stuttered and appeared confused when officers spoke to him.

Roberts had trouble following instructions, failing to walk to the back of the SUV when officers told him to, and several times putting his hands in his pockets even though he was told to keep his hands up, according to the report.

At the scene, Roberts told officers he had left a nearby bar after having two rum and Cokes, according to the report.

Roberts refused to undergo field sobriety tests, and the officers put him in the back of a squad car. In the back of the car, Roberts lay down and fell asleep, according to the report.

When a police wagon came to take Roberts to the South Chicago District station, the officers saw he had “soiled himself” in the back of the squad car, according to the report.

At the station, Roberts again refused to take a sobriety test, and refused to answer questions.

In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, Roberts was cited with driving without insurance, failing to use a turn signal and failure to keep in a lane. Police said he was also cited for pulling out of a parked position.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, please note that this officer refused all field sobriety tests, including a breath test.