AZ GM Keim pleads guilty to Extreme DUI, suspended by Cardinals for 5 weeks

From Pro Football Talk:

Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim pleaded guilty to an extreme DUI charge in Chandler, Arizona on Tuesday.

Chandler Municipal Court records show that Keim, who was arrested on July 4, entered the guilty plea for a charge reserved for people arrested with a blood alcohol content above .15. While many aspects of Keim’s arrest came to light in the days after it was announced, his BAC was not known.

KTAR reports that Keim’s BAC was .19, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.

…The Cardinals announced a five-week suspension and $200,000 fine for Keim after Tuesday’s guilty plea.

“I wasn’t drinking while driving, just at stop signs” defense doesn’t work.

This is one of the most absurd defenses to drunk driving that I’ve ever heard.  Not surprisingly, it didn’t work:

From WGN.com:

VERO BEACH, Fla. – A man arrested on suspicion of DUI in Florida had a creative, if ineffective defense.

During the June 27 arrest, 69-year-old Earle Stevens told officers he hadn’t been drinking and driving – he’d only been drinking at “stop signs,” according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Treasure Coast News.

Police received a 911 call after a McDonald’s drive-thru customer in Vero Beach complained of a driver behind her repeatedly bumping her car.

Indian River County sheriff’s deputies found Stevens still behind the wheel, an open bottle of booze stuffed in a paper bag on the seat next to him, according to the affidavit.

Deputies said Stevens smelled of alcohol and told them he was feeling “pretty good.”

Stevens, who said he has never had a Florida driver’s license, allegedly told deputies that he’d only sip Jim Beam at “stop signs.”

According to the affidavit, “He further explained that he was not drinking while the car was moving and only when he stopped for stop signs and traffic signals.”

Read the whole story here: https://wgntv.com/2018/07/12/man-arrested-for-dui-says-he-wasnt-drinking-while-driving-just-at-stop-signs/

AZ Cardinals GM arrested for DUI

From KTAR.com:

PHOENIX — Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was cited for a DUI on July 4. He was released that same night after being processed.

Chandler police confirmed to KTAR News 92.3 it happened during a traffic stop near Dobson and Ocotillo roads…

Keim has been with the organization since 1999. In February, he signed a four-year contract extension through the 2022 season.

Two years ago, former Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd was suspended four games because of an arrest for a DUI in Scottsdale.

Expect Enhanced DUI Enforcement for the 4th of July

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The Illinois State Police and more than 150 local police departments are planning enhanced DUI patrols and roadblocks for the Fourth of July holiday.

According to Patch:

This Fourth of July, please designate a sober driver and don’t let friends or family members drive
drunk. Other important tips include:

  • Give your designated driver your keys before you go out.
  • If you are drunk or impaired by marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, take mass
  • transit, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
  • Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The crackdown runs concurrently with a media campaign reminding motorists that impaired driving has “Life or Death” consequences.

Actor best known for Downton Abbey arrested for DUI

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From TMZ:

Rade Serbedzija — who played Prince Kuragin in “Downton Abbey” and memorable movie villains — nearly took out several cars before he was arrested for DUI … according to cops.

Santa Monica cops tell us they got calls about a Lexus swerving all over the road last weekend. Once officers pulled him over … they say they found an open bottle of whiskey, and 71-year-old Rade showed signs of intoxication.

We’re told his field sobriety testing did not go well, and he blew over the legal limit.

Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists releases its annual Top Cops list

The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists has released its annual report of the Illinois police departments and officers who made the most DUI arrests in 2017.

The Top Cop list is as follows:

Rank
Title
Top Cops
Department
DUI Arrests
1 Trooper Eric David ISP District Chicago 208
2 Officer Timothy Walter Chicago District #19 167
3 Officer Benjamin McGill Springfield 132
4 Officer Elliot Tupayachi Chicago District #19 124
5 Investigator Andrew Hartman Rockford 110
6 Officer Paul Dublinski Elgin 105
7 Officer Carlos Ortiz Chicago District #19 104

The top suburban police departments (i.e., not including Chicago (1,982 DUI arrests in 2017) or the Illinois State Police (5,234 arrests) are below:

Rank
Municipality
2017
DUI Arrests
% Change from
2016 to 2017
2016
DUI Arrests
1 Rockford 490 6.8% 459
2 Elgin 418 14.5% 365
3 Decatur 391 -2.5% 401
4 Cicero 341 11.8% 305
5 Aurora 326 39.3% 234
6 Lombard 313 34.3% 233
7 Carol Stream 291 -4.6% 305
8 Springfield 288 25.2% 230
9 Naperville 271 -13.1% 312
10 Normal 246 2.9% 239
11 Fairview Heights 219 4.3% 210
12 Orland Park 216 17.4% 184
13 Elmhurst 214 6.5% 201
14 Gurnee 211 40.7% 150

 

Schaumburg Police Officer arrested for DUI after crash, refused breath test

A Schaumburg police officer with 28 years on the force resigned after being arrested and charged with misdemeanor DUI after crashing into a tree.  Credit to his fellow officers for not giving him a pass.

According to news reports, the officer refused to take a blood, breath or urine test.  I wonder what he learned in his 28 years of policing that lead him to make that decision?

You can read the entire story here:  https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/schaumburg-police-officer-charged-with-dui-resigns-after-28-years/