Bears’ Jay Ratliff pleads guilty to DUI

ratliffIn political circles, they call it a “news dump” — when a politician releases bad news on a busy news day or over a holiday weekend to try to minimize how many people pay attention to it.

Jay Ratliff did the same thing.  While everyone was paying attention to the NFL Draft taking place in Chicago, and the Bear’s having a high draft selection, Ratliff pleaded guilty to a 2013 DUI that occurred when he was still a Dallas Cowboy.

From the Star-Telegram:

Jeremiah “Jay” Ratliff, a former Dallas Cowboy who now plays for the Chicago Bears, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated on Thursday and will serve one year on probation, according to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

Ratliff was also ordered to pay a $750 fine and must submit to sobriety tests anytime he is asked to by a law enforcement officer during traffic stops, according to the ruling from Bob McCoy, Tarrant County Criminal Court No. 3 judge.

Ratliff presented documentation to McCoy that he had been through a substance abuse evaluation, attended a DWI education course and a victim impact panel sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and performed 20 hours community service for the YMCA…

Ratliff had a blood-alcohol level 0.16, which is twice legal limit, when he was arrested on Jan. 22, 2013, on suspicion of DWI after a crash involving a tractor-trailer rig on Texas 114 in Grapevine, police have said…

Neither Ratliff nor the driver of the big rig was hurt in the wreck.

The crash happened about 12:30 a.m. in westbound lanes in the 2800 block of Texas 114. Ratliff, who lives in Southlake, was driving a black 2011 Ford F-150 pickup when he attempted to change lanes.

A responding officer gave Ratliff a field sobriety test “and formed the opinion he was intoxicated,” Grapevine police have said.

Ratliff refused an on-scene breath test, so officers subsequently obtained a warrant to draw a blood sample, police said.

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