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Packers’ DT Letroy Guion arrested for DUI

From PackersNews.com:

GREEN BAY – Letroy Guion’s future with the Green Bay Packers is even more in doubt after he was arrested Wednesday in Hawaii and charged with driving under the influence.

Guion, who is under suspension for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, was found to have a blood alcohol level of .086 during a routine traffic stop. The legal limit in Hawaii is .08.

“The Packers are aware of the matter involving Letroy Guion,” a Packers spokesman said. “We will refrain from making any further comment as it is an ongoing legal matter.”

Honolulu Police said Guion was pulled over at 4:20 a.m. Honolulu time during a routine traffic stop.

Guion, who turned 30 on Wednesday, was released on $500 bail.

The Packers had not indicated how long they would keep Guion on the roster after his second suspension in March, but because he would be suspended without pay for those four weeks, it would cost the team nothing to retain him as an insurance policy in the event it needed a defensive lineman.

The 2017 suspension was Guion’s second with the Packers, who signed him as a street free agent in 2014.

Guion’s first suspension came after he was stopped in February 2015 in Florida because his truck was swerving across the center line. Officers found a gun, three-fourths of a pound of marijuana and $190,000 in cash. He pleaded no contest to possession of marijuana and paid a $5,000 fine.

As a result, he served a three-game suspension at the start of the 2015 NFL season.

His legal troubles began before he joined the Packers. He had been charged in criminal cases three times, including a stalking charge and two domestic violence incidents that resulted in three counts of battery. In one case, he was charged with hitting the mother of his child in the jaw.

The Packers signed Guion to a three-year deal in February 2016 worth up to $11 million. The contract was heavy on incentives and contained only $500,000 in guaranteed money. According to an ESPN report, Guion and the Packers agreed to move two offseason roster bonuses of $400,000 into the regular season, helping the team put off a decision on whether to cut Guion loose.

Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor pleads guilty to DUI

I wrote about Lawrence Taylor’s DUI arrest last September (read the post here).

The case was resolved this week when he plead guilty and received probation.  From The Sporting News:

Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor pleaded guilty Monday to a DUI charge in South Florida but has avoided jail time in his latest run-in with the law, Palm Beach County Court records show.

The former Giants great, 58, received 12 months probation and must pay almost $1,500 in fines and court costs as a result of the Sept. 2. incident in which he sideswiped a motorhome and police car near Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., the New York Daily News reported.

Taylor also must enroll in DUI courses, install an ignition interlock device on his car and perform 75 hours of community service.

Cook County will stop prosecuting some traffic offenses

From the Chicago Tribune:

Citing a lack of personnel, the Cook County state’s attorney’s office plans to stop prosecuting certain traffic offenses, a top county official said.

Under a policy expected to take effect later this year, the state’s attorney’s office will not prosecute people accused of driving on licenses that have been suspended or revoked for financial reasons — such as failure to pay child support, tolls or parking tickets.

Instead, individual cities will have the option to prosecute those violations.

“We are in a triage mode, and we can’t continue to do what we were doing 10 years ago with 30 percent less resources,” Eric Sussman, the first assistant state’s attorney, told the Tribune on Wednesday…

In the new policy on traffic cases, Cook County prosecutors will continue to handle cases in which a driver’s license was invalidated because of more serious crimes, such as DUI, fleeing a police officer and reckless homicide.

In addition, the new traffic policy raises the bar for felony charges against people who cause serious car crashes while their licenses were revoked for financial reasons.

Under current law, a driver’s license-related misdemeanor charge can be upgraded to a felony if the driver causes a serious car crash and has one prior conviction for driving on an invalidated license.

Under the new policy, the state’s attorney’s office would upgrade those charges only if the defendant has five or more convictions for driving on a revoked or suspended license, if the license was taken away for money-related reasons.

Chicago Police Officer arrested for on-duty DUI

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

An on-duty Chicago Police officer was charged with DUI on Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of a police station in the Southwest Side Chicago Lawn neighborhood.

Dale Jesionowski, 53, was driving a police vehicle around noon in the 8th District police station parking lot at 3420 W. 63rd St. when he struck a curb, according to a statement from Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

An on-duty police lieutenant witnessed the crash and had a conversation with Jesionowski, who was charged with one misdemeanor count of DUI, police said.

Jesionowski, who is assigned to the 8th District, has been relieved of his police powers while Internal Affairs investigates, police said. “These allegations are serious and the district took appropriate steps,” Guglielmi said.

Lake County, IL to have fine amnesty week beginning July 17

From the Daily Herald:

Drivers with unpaid fines and court costs from traffic violations in Lake County will get a financial break — and perhaps a return of their driving privileges — when county officials offer a one-week amnesty next month.

Dubbed “Operation Green Light,” the program will allow fined drivers to avoid collection fees and interest if they pay their original costs between July 17 and July 21. Payments can be made over the phone or at courthouses in Waukegan, Mundelein, Park City and Round Lake Beach.

“I understand that fines can become costly, especially when older fines incur collection agency fees and accrue interest,” Lake County Circuit Clerk Erin Cartwright Weinstein said Monday in an announcement of the amnesty week.

“The point of Operation Green Light is to help people clear up their financial obligations and get back on the road.”

Man in Des Plaines DUI hit and run has 16 prior DUI convictions

Somehow, a man whose rap sheet shows 13 prior felony convictions and a total of 16  DUI convictions was out on the streets to commit another offense.  And, in what should perhaps not be considered surprising news, he allegedly got drunk, crashed a car and drove off.

From the Chicago Tribune (story by George Houde):

A man with 16 DUI convictions on his record has been charged with drunken driving again after fleeing from a crash and handing officers a phony license, authorities said.

Christopher Clingingsmith, 51, of Des Plaines, was charged with aggravated DUI and possession of fictitious identification after he was arrested Wednesday, according to Cook County prosecutors.

They said he had been involved in a crash in Des Plaines, fled the scene, and after police tracked him down in Arlington Heights, he failed sobriety tests and told police he’d consumed seven beers.

Prosecutors said Clingingsmith has 13 felony convictions on his record, including DUI, possession of a controlled substance, aggravated fleeing and alluding and criminal damage to property, and has served prison time. The first of his drunken-driving convictions was in 1982, authorities said, and he has been found guilty of DUI, including felonies and misdemeanors, in Will, Peoria and Tazewell counties, among others, according to prosecutors and court records.

Clingingsmith was ordered in court Thursday to be held in Cook County Jail on a $400,000 bond.

The story does not state when was Mr. Clingingsmith’s last conviction and what sentence did he receive.  A sixth or greater DUI is a Class X felony — the highest level of felony except for first degree murder. Class X felonies are punishable from six to thirty years — but that time can be extended if a person has committed a previous Class X, and a person can get a life sentence if they have had two prior Class X offenses.  So a person on DUI number 16 should have received a lengthy prison sentence, don’t you think?  So why is this guy out endangering the lives of others?  I’d like to know.

I also have to wonder about a person, who after being convicted so many times, still thinks it is a good idea to take his car to the bar or wherever he went to get drunk, knowing that the next time he gets caught he could end up with a life sentence.  That is a pretty good incentive to hire an Uber, don’t you think?

Derek Fisher arrested for DUI after crash

From the Washington Post:

Derek Fisher was arrested Sunday on suspicion of drunken driving after the former NBA player and coach flipped his vehicle on a California freeway.

Fisher and his passenger, girlfriend and former “Basketball Wives” reality star Gloria Govan, were not injured in the early morning crash, the California Highway Patrol said.

The former Los Angeles Lakers player and ex-New York Knicks coach was driving on U.S. 101 in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles when his 2015 Cadillac veered onto the right shoulder while approaching an interchange. The car hit the shoulder’s concrete curb and guardrail, overturned and came to a rest on its roof, blocking two lanes of the freeway, the highway patrol said.

Officers discovered that the 42-year-old Fisher had been drinking and arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after a DUI test, authorities said.

“We are beyond grateful that we are both OK and no one else was involved,” Fisher and Govan said in a joint statement Sunday. The two-sentence statement also thanked supporters for their thoughts and prayers, but it did not address the drunken driving arrest.

Read the entire story here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/former-lakers-player-derek-fisher-accused-of-dui-after-crash/2017/06/04/3dbd60de-4948-11e7-987c-42ab5745db2e_story.html?utm_term=.2680d4a31b59