Last week’s Chicago DUI Strike Force struck out: no DUIs

As I noted in my last post, the Chicago DUI Strike Force is going to do a saturation patrol in Bucktown, Logan Square and Wicker Park.  So how did they do last week?  According to, the strike force whiffed badly.

From (story by Linze Rice):

A police task force targeting drunk drivers in Rogers Park Saturday and Sunday gave out 109 citations to motorists, but none were for driving under the influence, police said.

Of those tickets given out, 37 were license violations, 14 were unsafe vehicle violations, 13 were insurance-related, 11 were safety belt violations, and 34 were unrelated traffic violations.

Only one car was towed then, police said.

Police checked in with drivers from 7 p.m. Saturday until 3 a.m. Sunday, also looking for people speeding and not wearing seatbelts.

The DUI Strike Forces are being deployed across the city, with one scheduled for the Wicker Park and Logan Square neighborhoods this weekend.

Considering that 1,000 people have been shot in Chicago in the first three and a half months of the year, you would think the Chicago Police would have more productive things to do with their time.

Chicago Police to do DUI saturation patrols this weekend

The Chicago Police DUI Strike Force will be out doing saturation patrols in Wicker Park, Bucktown and Logan Square this Saturday night.

From their press release:

The Chicago Police Department will be conducting a DUI Strike Force Patrol in the
Shakespeare (14th) District this weekend. The DUI Strike Force Patrol will commence at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2016 and end at 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2016.
The purpose of this program is to saturate a pre-designated area with roving police officers that continually monitor vehicular traffic for signs of impaired driving. Patrols also place emphasis on speed, alcohol-related and safety belt violations. Police vehicles equipped for speed detection are deployed to apprehend speeding
In addition, the Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile Unit may also be deployed to allow officers to expedite the process of charging a person with Driving under the Influence (DUI) prior to transporting an alleged into the nearest lockup for bonding. The mobile unit also allows for Individual Recognizance Bonds (I-Bonds) to be issued at the site of the DUI Strike Force Patrol.

Raider Free Agent lineman Khalif Barnes arrested for DUI


Offensive lineman Khalif Barnes was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in California on Sunday. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Barnes was pulled over at around 4 p.m. and taken to jail in Santa Rita after failing field sobriety tests. Barnes was cited and released after sobering up in custody and the case was referred to Alameda County prosecutors.

Barnes spent the last seven seasons with the Raiders and was a starter for much of that time. He moved into a reserve role in 2015 and started once while making 14 appearances for Oakland over the course of the season. There hasn’t been any public sign of interest around the league in his services.

Barnes was also a starter for the Jaguars, who picked him in the second round of the 2005 draft, during the first four years of his career. He was arrested for drunk driving in 2006 when he was a member of the team and ultimately received probation to resolve the case.

Star of Disney’s “Jessie” arrested for DUI after crash


From the L.A. Times:

Debby Ryan, the actress who stars in the Disney Channel series “Jessie,” was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after crashing her Audi in Los Angeles, authorities said Wednesday.

Ryan, 22, was driving her white 2016 Audi near 3rd Street and La Brea Avenue just after 7 p.m. on April 5 when she crashed into a black 2015 Mercedes, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said.

Police conducted field sobriety tests and determined she was under the influence, Lopez said. Ryan’s blood alcohol level was 0.11%, just over the 0.08% legal limit, according to TMZ, which first reported the actress’ arrest.

A person in the Mercedes reported being injured, and Ryan was arrested and booked on suspicion of a DUI causing bodily injury, a felony, police said.

At the time of her arrest, Ryan listed her occupation as “laborer,” according to arrest records reviewed by The Times.

Ryan has starred in the lead role in the Disney Channel series “Jessie” since 2011, playing Jessie Prescott, a nanny to a high-profile couple’s four adopted children. Earlier, the Alabama native starred in all three seasons of “The Suite Life on Deck,” which ended its run in 2011.

She was released from jail shortly before 10 a.m. on April 6 after posting $100,000 bail, Lopez said.

Prosecutors have not pursued the felony charge. The L.A. city attorney’s office filed two misdemeanor charges: driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or higher, according to a spokesman for the office. She’s scheduled to appear in court May 2 for her arraignment.

On Wednesday, shortly after news of her arrest broke, Ryan released a statement on Twitter, apologizing for disappointing her fans.

“Over the last few days I have had the chance to think about my actions, and I wish I had used better judgment,” she said in the statement. “I recognize that I am a role model and have always worked hard to set a good example for my millions of fans.”

Illinois State Trooper pleads guilty to DUI while on Duty

From the Chicago Tribune:

An Illinois State Police trooper who authorities said was intoxicated when he responded to a crash on Interstate 88 last year pleaded guilty Monday to driving under the influence, according to Kane County prosecutors.

Trooper Paul Zurn, 34, agreed to a sentence of one year of court supervision in exchange for a guilty plea to misdemeanor DUI, according to a news release from the Kane County state’s attorney’s office. Judge Robert Morrow accepted the plea.

According to prosecutors, Zurn responded to a minor traffic crash on Aug. 22, 2015, on I-88 near Farnsworth Avenue in Aurora. At the scene, Zurn “was observed by other troopers to be unsteady on his feet, and a bottle containing alcoholic liquor was found in his squad car,” according to the news release.

Zurn refused to submit to a portable breath test and standardized field sobriety tests and also refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test, according to the release. As a result, his driver’s license was suspended for one year by the Illinois Secretary of State.

According to Illinois law, first-time misdemeanor DUI offenders are eligible for supervision, the release said. In addition to the supervision sentence, Zurn must undergo alcohol treatment, pay $2,185 in costs and fines and attend a victim impact panel.

Information about Zurn’s job status was not immediately available.

Two things to note:  1) he refused all tests (so why shouldn’t you do the exact same thing if you end up in the same situation); and 2) even without doing the tests, and without getting his license suspension rescinded which would allow him to work, he plead guilty. Here is a State Trooper, on duty, and there are no field tests or blood alcohol level, yet he still plead guilty.  Since I have not seen the arrest reports, videos or reviewed any of the evidence, I am not in a position to evaluate his case.  But this goes to show that there is no such thing as a slam-dunk case.

Former Navy Seal who claims to have killed Bin Laden arrested for DUI

I often tell my clients that when it comes to being arrested for DUI, they are in good company.  I have represented police officers, sheriffs, lawyers, medical professionals, business leaders, teachers, people from all walks of life and accomplishments.  Both President Bush and Vice President Cheney were arrested for DUIs.  (And Mike Ditka, which is probably more important in Chicago than anyone else!).

Now comes the Navy Seal who claims to have killed Osama Bin Laden (although the Navy has not confirmed his claim).

From the Associated Press:

The former Navy SEAL who says he fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden was arrested Friday on a drunken driving charge after police found him asleep in a car parked at a convenience store in his Montana hometown.

Customers at the store in Butte called police to report a sleeping man behind the wheel of the running car around 2:30 a.m., Butte-Silver Bow County Undersheriff George Skuletich said. The officer who responded woke the man up, identified him as Robert O’Neill and noticed odd behavior.

“He was confused. His actions were consistent with somebody who might be under the influence of something,” Skuletich said.

O’Neill denied drinking, gave different stories about where he had been and at one point told the officers he had taken prescription medication to help him sleep, Skuletich said.

O’Neill failed a field sobriety test and would not perform others. The officers brought him to jail, where he refused a test to determine his blood alcohol level. At that point, he was charged with driving under the influence, which is a misdemeanor, Skuletich said.

Jail records show O’Neill was released at 4:26 a.m. after posting a $685 bond. It is his first arrest.

O’Neill denied that he was intoxicated and thanked police for their professionalism and courtesy.

“The facts are that I took a prescribed sleep aid to help with long-standing severe insomnia,” he said in a statement released Friday through a public relations firm. “While the timing was bad and I highly regret this decision, I am innocent of the charge and have entered a plea of not guilty.

“I am confident I will soon be cleared of this matter,” he said.

O’Neill began publicly discussing his role in the 2011 bin Laden raid two years ago. He told The Associated Press in a 2014 interview that the American public had a right to know more details about the killing of the al-Qaida leader.

Pentagon officials previously said it is not clear whose shots killed bin Laden.

O’Neill has made numerous speeches across the country since 2014.

Soccer Star Abby Wambach arrested for DUI


From ABC News:

Retired soccer star Abby Wambach pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a DUI charge she received over the weekend.

Wambach’s lawyer, Ben Eder, entered the plea on her behalf in a Portland, Oregon, courtroom and confirmed the judge’s order allowing Wambach to travel out of the state for work. He did not offer additional comment outside the courtroom. Wambach was not required to appear in court on the charge.

Wambach was arrested Saturday night after she was pulled over for allegedly running a red light, according to Portland police, who said an officer “observed signs that she was under the influence of alcohol.”

She was taken into custody after she failed field sobriety tests, police said. She was taken to the Central Precinct where she failed a breath test, police said.

Wambach was booked into the Multnomah County Jail for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) – Alcohol and was later released on her own recognizance. Portland police described her as being “polite” and “cooperative” throughout the investigation.

In a statement Sunday, Wambach said she had been at a friend’s house for dinner and recognized that she had let herself “and others” down.

“I take full responsibility for my actions,” Wambach said. “This is all on me. I promise that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my horrible mistake is never repeated. I am so sorry to my family, friends, fans and those that look to follow a better example.”

Wambach is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion with the U.S. women’s national team. She announced her retirement in December, shortly after the U.S. women’s national team celebrated its World Cup victory at the White House.

Wambach’s next court appearance will be April 26. It is unclear if she will be required to attend.

Former Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith arrested for DUI


From CBS News:

Former Ohio State quarterback and Heisman winner Troy Smith has been arrested on charges of driving under the influence and marijuana possession.

Police told CBS affiliate WBNSin Columbus that Smith was pulled over at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police say the 31-year-old Smith has been charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, possession of marijuana and improper display of a license plate.

Smith played for Ohio State under coach Jim Tressel from 2003 to 2006. He became the seventh Buckeye to win the Heisman trophy for most outstanding player in college football in 2006 and was named an All-American.

He spent four years in the NFL from 2007 to 2010, playing for the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers.