Aldon Smith arrested for DUI (again)

Former NFL star Aldon Smith has been arrested for another DUI.  I last posted about him when he was arrested for his third DUI.

From ESPN.com:

Aldon Smith was arrested Monday night in Kansas on suspicion of driving under the influence, the latest offense for the talented but troubled former San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders defensive end.

Smith, 29, was arrested after police in Mission, Kansas, stopped his vehicle for a traffic violation.

Mission Police Department spokesman Capt. Kevin Self told the Kansas City Star that Smith was issued citations and was picked up by a friend.

Smith, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 2011 and a first-team All-Pro in 2012 who had 44 sacks in his first three seasons, has had several run-ins with the law. He has been arrested on DUI charges multiple times in the past.

 

Al Unser, Jr. arrested for Operating While Intoxicated

Al Unser, Jr., the 2 time Indy 500 winner, was arrested for operating while intoxicated.  This is not his first appearance on this blog.  In 2012, I posted that he was convicted for his second DUI.  At that time, his lawyer claimed that he was “taking steps to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.”   Unfortunately, those changes did not stick.

From the Indianapolis Star:

Retired race car driver Al Unser Jr. was arrested early Monday after Avon police said he was speeding while under the influence, and stumbled down an embankment moments before refusing to take a sobriety test.

Unser, 57, was booked into the Hendricks County Jail at 3:21 a.m. Online court records show that he has been formally charged with misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, as well as infractions for improper lane usage and speeding.

He was released on bond Monday afternoon.

Unser won the Indianapolis 500 in 1992 and 1994. He has competed in the race 19 times, most recently in 2007.

According to court documents, Unser was pulled over at 1:12 a.m. Monday when an Avon police officer clocked his black Volkswagen Beetle in the 500 block of Ronald Reagan Parkway going 59 mph in a 45 mph zone.

When Unser’s northbound vehicle sped past, the police officer began to follow, court documents said. The officer observed Unser’s Beetle drift from the northbound lane into the turning lane for westbound traffic before drifting back into the northbound lane.

The officer turned on his lights to pull over the vehicle, but police said Unser continued north for a short distance before coming to a stop in the 300 block of Ronald Reagan Parkway.

The officer observed that Unser had red, glossy eyes, and his speech was slurred, court documents said. When the officer noticed the smell of alcohol, he asked Unser if he had been drinking, and Unser said that he had not.

Unser was asked to step out of the vehicle and he complied, pulling himself from the Beetle and staggering while walking to the rear of the car, court documents said.

The officer gestured Unser to walk over to the shoulder of the road for safety, but Unser walked onto the embankment, lost his balance, fell to the ground and rolled down the embankment, court documents said.

Unser was helped to his feet and again denied that he had been drinking. He then refused to take a field sobriety test, the documents said.

With the sobriety test refusal and signs of impairment, the officer placed Unser in handcuffs and took him to the Avon Police Department. A warrant to perform a blood draw was obtained, and the test was conducted at Hendricks Regional Hospital.

Two vials of blood were drawn from Unser’s arm at 3:02 a.m., and Unser was placed under arrest on suspicion of operating while intoxicated with a blood draw pending.

In court documents, the arresting officer said that Unser was hostile towards officers throughout the interaction.

Read the entire story here: https://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2019/05/20/al-unser-jr-arrested-owi-dui-avon-indiana-indy-500/3738991002/

Former All-Star Todd Helton charged with DUI after crashing into light pole

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From Knox News:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Former Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton has entered a treatment facility following a suspected DUI-related crash in West Knox County.

Helton, 45, was cited, but not arrested, on a charge of driving under the influence after crashing his 2019 Ford F-150 pickup into a telephone pole on March 18, according to the citation. No other vehicles were involved.

The five-time All-Star told police he had taken the sleeping aid Ambien about four hours before the crash. Officers spotted a “travel cup” that smelled like alcohol inside Helton’s truck.

Helton required emergency medical care, according to a statement released Monday by his attorney, Stephen Ross Johnson.

“The Helton family is thankful for the officers and medical professionals who took great care of him,” the statement read. “Because of those first responders, he was not seriously injured.

“Todd is currently in a residential treatment program outside of East Tennessee, receiving the care he needs. He realizes there are parts of his behavior that need to change, and he is focused on doing just that. While there has not been a final court decision about his citation, Todd is still taking action.”

The Knoxville native retired in 2013 after 17 seasons playing for the Rockies, becoming the organization’s first player to have his jersey retired.

That same year, he pleaded guilty to drunken driving in a Denver suburb.

In October, a Knox County judge dismissed a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of a crash against Helton in connection with an incident at a West Knox County apartment complex…

Helton is set for arraignment April 1 on the DUI charge.

Actor Michael Madsen arrested for DUI after crash

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From TMZ:

Michael Madsen is behind bars … after wrecking his Land Rover in Malibu, he got arrested for driving under the influence.

The veteran actor of Quentin Tarantino flicks like ‘Kill Bill,’ ‘Hateful Eight’ and “Reservoir Dogs” got into a single-car crash, hitting a pole, Sunday around 8 PM … according to law enforcement sources. We’re told the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded and, when they arrived, immediately suspected Madsen had been boozing.

We’re told Madsen smelled of alcohol, so he was given a field sobriety test and, according to law enforcement, it didn’t go well — his BAC was .10.

The legal limit is .08, so Madsen was arrested for misdemeanor DUI. His bail has been set at $15k.

Madsen was also busted for DUI in Malibu back in 2012, when his BAC was twice the legal limit. He entered a 30-day rehab after that arrest, and the judge also ordered him to get outpatient treatment.

Here is the link to my post about his 2012 DUI arrest:  https://illinoisduilawyer.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/michael-madsen-arrested-for-dui-had-0-21-bac/

SF Giants’ Cameron Maybin arrested for DUI

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From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Giants outfielder Cameron Maybin was arrested on a DUI charge in Scottsdale early Friday morning, according to the Scottsdale Police Department.

Maybin had a blood-alcohol level of .142, almost twice the legal limit of .08, and failed multiple field-sobriety tests, according to the police report obtained by The Chronicle.

Driving a 2015 gray Range Rover, Maybin was pulled over at approximately 2 a.m. Friday after drifting from one lane to another and driving 55 mph in a 35 mph zone (and then 60 in a 40), according to the report.

Maybin, 31, smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot and watery eyes after consuming five “pretty big” glasses of wine at Ocean 44 in Scottsdale, the report said. He was handcuffed and secured in the back seat of a police vehicle, and his car was impounded.

Vince Young arrested for DUI

From Pro Football Talk:

Former NFL quarterback Vince Young was arrested for DWI in Texas early Monday morning, TMZ Sports reports.

Police pulled over Young around 4 a.m. He was booked into Fort Bend County Jail before posting bail and being released. Fort Bend County is a suburb of Houston, Young’s hometown.

Young, 35 pleaded no contest to drunk driving in 2016 and was sentenced to 18 months probation. He later apologized and said he “understood the seriousness of the situation,” according to TMZ.

Real Housewives of Orange County star Gina Kirschenheiter arrested for DUI

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From The Blast:

“Real Housewives of Orange County” star Gina Kirschenheiter was arrested in Orange County for allegedly driving under the influence.

Kirschenheiter was busted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department after being pulled over just after midnight for a traffic violation in Rancho Santa Margarita, an area of Orange County near where most of the “RHOC” stars live. The resulting car stop led to her arrest and she was transported to a jail in Santa Ana at 3:42 AM where she was booked and released on Friday at 12:02 PM.

She has a court appearance scheduled for later this month….

Gina is owning up to the arrest, saying, “I made a very bad choice the other night after a mom’s night out.” She continues, “I am extremely disappointed in myself and regret my actions wholeheartedly. I have learned a valuable lesson and hope to show you all that this one incident does not define me.”