Moe Wilkerson arrested for another DUI

From ProFootballTalk.com:

Last year, defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was expected to have multiple contract offers in free agency. Instead, he was arrested for DWI during the offseason and never played in 2019. Now Wilkerson has been arrested again, raising questions of whether he’s done in the NFL.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that Wilkerson was arrested this week by New Jersey State Police and charged with DWI, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A first-round pick of the Jets in 2011, Wilkerson spent seven years with the Jets before signing with Green Bay, where he played in 2018. He was a Pro Bowler in 2015.

Although Wilkerson is only 30 years old, it’s now been a year and a half since he has played, and his prolonged absence from the league along with his two arrests make it seem likely that he won’t play again.

Under proposed NFL CBA, a DUI will result in a 3 game suspension

From Pro Football Talk:

The price of driving drunk goes up under the proposed CBA.

Currently, a DUI offense results in a baseline suspension of two games. The new labor deal, if ratified by the players, will result in a 50-percent increase in the punishment.

According to the details provided by the NFL Players Association to all players, a DUI will result in a three-game suspension moving forward.

For players who currently face DUI charges, it could make sense to strike a plea deal ASAP. Unless the final language of the new CBA specifies that the enhanced punishment applies only to incidents happening after ratification, resolution of charges before and after the new CBA is enacted could make a huge difference for the player.

Darren McFadden sentenced to four days jail for Drive-Thru DWI

From ProFootballTalk.com:

A year ago former NFL running back Darren McFadden was arrested for DWI when he was found asleep at the wheel in a Whataburger drive-thru. Now he’s going to jail.

McFadden pleaded guilty to drunk driving and got sentenced to four days in jail, according to TMZ.com.

The deal also will result in McFadden paying a fine and getting his license suspended for 90 days.

McFadden was a star at running back who twice finished second in Heisman Trophy voting. The Raiders made him the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft and signed him to a six-year, $60 million contract. He played seven years with the Raiders and then three more years with the Cowboys.

Former NFL safety Donovin Darius arrested for DUI

From Pro Football Talk:

Former Jacksonville Jaguars safety Donovin Darius was arrested on Sunday afternoon and charged with driving under the influence.

According to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com, Darius was also hospitalized under the authority of the Baker Act for a mental health evaluation after “ingesting numerous pills” following the arrest.

The Baker Act is the common term for the Florida Mental Health Act of 1971 which allows for an individual to be involuntarily institutionalized “if that individual possibly has a mental illness or is danger of harming themselves or others.”

Darius played 10 seasons in the NFL with nine of those years coming with the Jaguars and one with the Miami Dolphins. He appeared in 118 career games with 117 starts. He intercepted 14 passes with seven forced fumbles along with two sacks. He was the 25h overall pick of the 1998 NFL Draft out of Syracuse.

The DUI charge is a misdemeanor.

Actor Tom Sizemore arrested for DUI

From Fox News:

Actor Tom Sizemore was arrested Thursday for DUI and possession of narcotics, Fox News has confirmed.

Sgt. Dan Suttles of the Glendale Police Department told Fox News that the “Saving Private Ryan” actor, 58, was initially pulled over in the early morning hours for an “unsafe lane change.”

“He was pulled over for a traffic violation and then after a short investigation he was arrested for DUI and possession of narcotics,” Suttles said.

According to TMZ, Sizemore was stopped in Glendale, Calif. around 2:30 a.m.

Suttles confirmed to Fox News that, at the time of his arrest, Sizemore also had an outstanding arrest warrant for a separate possession of narcotics charge stemming from the Burbank Police Department.

Online records viewed by Fox News show that the actor was booked at 3:15 a.m. at the Burbank Police Department and his bail was set to $10,000.

 

Atlanta Hawk Chandler Parsons seriously injured by drunk driver; career in jeopardy

From ESPN:

A law firm representing Chandler Parsons says the Atlanta Hawks forward suffered potentially career-ending injuries in an automobile accident caused by a drunk driver last week.

The Hawks announced last Wednesday that Parsons had been placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol after suffering a concussion and whiplash in the crash, but did not disclose any further details.

The law firm Morgan & Morgan, however, said Monday in a statement that Parsons “suffered multiple severe and permanent injuries including a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and a torn labrum.”

The firm said the driver who caused the crash, who is not identified in the statement, was arrested and charged with DUI. The driver allegedly caused a three-car crash, including Parsons’ vehicle, at approximately 2 p.m. ET and admitted to drinking, according to the law firm.

“Chandler was seriously injured in this crash, which never should have occurred,” Morgan & Morgan said in its statement.

“The at-fault driver created utter chaos on the roadway, needlessly endangering the lives of countless motorists; he now stands charged with DUI, admitted drinking, had alcohol in the car with him, passed out after causing a three-car crash at 2:00PM on a Wednesday in a busy intersection, seriously injuring and potentially ending Mr. Parsons’ career as a professional athlete.”

Update: man charged with Aggravated DUI, Joliet Police Officer charged with misdemeanor DUI in fatal crash that cost life of Berwyn Officer

Third update:  it appears that there was a chain reaction involving multiple vehicles.  According to the Sun-Times:

A man faces DUI charges in a crash Sunday on Interstate 55 that ultimately led to another collision, resulting in the death of a Berwyn police officer.

Rodrigo Marin, 42, is charged with two counts of aggravated DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render aid, driving without valid insurance and driving on a revoked license, according to Illinois State Police. He was also cited for failure to reduce speed and improper lane usage.

Marin was driving a 2006 Nissan Titan about 6 a.m. on I-55 when he lost control and crossed into another lane, striking the left side of a 2008 Hino Box truck driven by a 44-year-old man, state police said.

Both vehicles came to a stop in the right two lanes, and Marin allegedly ran off from the crash, state police said.

While the vehicles were blocking the lanes, a Dodge Durango slammed into the box truck, state police said.

Earlier stories focused on the driver of the vehicle in which the Berwyn officer was a passenger.  That driver is a Joliet police officer, who was charged with misdemeanor DUI.

From the Chicago Tribune:

A Joliet police officer faces drunken driving charges after a Berwyn police officer who was a passenger in her car died in a crash Sunday morning on Interstate 55 in Plainfield Township, officials said.

Charles “Chuck” Schauer, 33, who died as a result of the crash around 6 a.m., had been a 10-year veteran of the Berwyn Police Department, according to a statement from the agency. Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero announced Schauer’s death in a post on social media, referring to his death as a “tragic traffic accident.”

“Please keep Officer Schauer’s family and friends, as well as all Berwyn police officers in your thoughts and prayers during this time of grief,” he wrote.

Erin Zilka, 35, of Plainfield, faces a charge of driving under the influence, according to Illinois State police. Joliet police released a statement Monday saying that Zilka, “a 12-year veteran, was involved in an off-duty vehicle crash on I-55 near Route 30 where her passenger was tragically killed.”

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Zilka’s attorney, Jeff Tomczak, said her blood-alcohol test came up under the legal limit, but declined to specify the number. He said Zilka was friends with Schauer, and was in “a really bad way.”

“She’s absolutely devastated to a degree I can’t express verbally,” Tomczak said.

He said Zilka “came upon” an earlier accident in a “darkened” part of the road before crashing.

Zilka has been an officer with Joliet police for 6 years, and had served in Shorewood for another 6 years, Tomczak said. He said she is due in court March 18.

Zilka, of Plainfield, was also cited for driving too fast for conditions, state police said.