Former White Sox, Indian star Albert Belle arrested for DUI, indecent exposure

From the Washington Post:

Former Orioles, Indians and White Sox outfielder Albert Belle was arrested Sunday night and charged with indecent exposure and DUI after he was allegedly seen urinating in the parking lot of a Scottsdale, Ariz., soccer stadium.

Belle, 51, was arrested by Salt River police outside Phoenix Rising Stadium, according to the Arizona Republic, and booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office jail, according to a spokesman from the sheriff’s office. Belle was later released on his own recognizance, according to the spokesman.

Court records obtained by the Republic show that a man complained to police that his 15-year-old daughter had seen Belle urinating beside the driver’s side door of his car in the parking lot. The man yelled at Belle, who allegedly responded by shaking his genitals at the father and daughter.

Belle denied urinating in public, the statement said, but officers saw two wet spots next to the car in the parking lot. Officers also said Belle had bloodshot eyes and his breath smelled like alcohol. He admitted to the verbal altercation and told police he had driven his car

He was booked on suspicion of two counts of indecent exposure, driving under the influence and DUI with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.

Illinois State Police to Conduct Roadside Safety Check this weekend in Elgin

From the Elgin Patch:

ELGIN, IL – A roadside safety check will be held this weekend in Elgin, Illinois State Police announced Tuesday. Officers working the detail will be watching out for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with suspended or revoked driver’s license and transporting open alcoholic beverages, according to the news release. In addition, authorities will also be on the lookout for drunken drivers, safety belt violations, speeders and distracted drivers.

The roadside safety check will be held the weekend of March 23, according to a news release from the Illinois State Police. The purpose of the roadside checks is meant to keep roadways safe and drunken drivers off the road.

Expect heightened police presence for St. Patrick’s Day this Weekend

From the Libertyville Patch:

From the Lake County Sheriff’s Office: Sheriff Mark Curran announced the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with State and local law enforcement for the St. Patrick’s Day traffic safety enforcement campaign. The national campaign begins Friday, March 16 and runs through Sunday, March 18, 2018. Funding for this traffic safety campaign is made possible through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Administration and is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Sheriff Mark Curran stated, “Highway patrol units will be in force beginning Friday morning, as a reminder to motorists to secure a designated driver or alternative means of transportation if their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are away from home.

And from the Orland Park Patch:

The Orland Park Police Department will conduct extra enforcement patrols over St. Patrick’s Day weekend to crack down on drunk drivers and make sure everyone in the car is buckled up. Expect to see more Orland Park police officers patrolling the streets starting Friday, March 16 through the early morning hours of Sunday, March 18.

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays due to the number of drunk drivers on the road. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, drunk driving has killed more than 300 people during each of the last four years in Illinois.

“If you plan on going out for St. Patrick’s Day, always think ahead and designate a sober driver,” said Village Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village’s Public Safety Committee. “Remember, it’s not just about you. There are other people on the road who want to get where they are going safely.”

Please follow these tips to stay safe on the road:

  • If you will be drinking, arrange in advance for a cab, ride-sharing service or designated driver to take you home.
  • If you become impaired, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi or ride-sharing service, or phone a sober friend or family member.
  • If someone you know has been drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel. Take their keys, take them home, or help them arrange a safe way home.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement by dialing 9-1-1. Your actions could help save someone’s life.
  • Buckle your seat belt, regardless of where you are seated. By law, all occupants, in all seating positions, must wear their seat belt.

NFL CB Jeremy Lane charged with DUI

From ProFootballTalk.com:

Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane has been officially charged with driving under the influence after a January arrest in King County.

According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Lane was stopped by police on January 16 for going 90 miles per hour on eastbound I-90. Speed limit on the freeway is either 60 or 70 miles per hour depending on the exact location of the traffic stop. Even though Lane’s blood alcohol level was not about the legal limit, Lane had admitted to smoking marijuana and failed multiple field sobriety tests.

The “suspected and admitted marijuana usage in conjunction with alcohol consumption” is what prompted the arrest, according to the police report.

Lane was released by the Seahawks last week after playing the first six seasons of his career in Seattle … Lane appeared in 70 games with Seattle with 21 starts.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on March 26. The violation is subject to possible league discipline as well.

Dennis Rodman gets probation for recent DUI arrest

Not long ago, I posted that former Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman was arrested for a DUI while on probation.

Yesterday, it was reported that Rodman plead guilty and received a period of probation (two or three years depending on the source) and enrollment in a nine month alcohol treatment program among other conditions.  If he fails to meet the conditions, he is facing a minimum 90 day jail sentence according to TMZ.