Former Chicago Bear RB Cedric Benson arrested for DUI

Cedric Benson, the former Bears running back, who was cut from the team after being arrested twice in 2008, once for boating under the influence and then for driving under the influence, has been arrested again for DUI.

I should point out that after he was cut by the Bears, Benson was found not guilty for both 2008 arrests.

From CBS Sports:

The former running back who played for the Bears, Bengals and Packers over eight NFL seasons, and was taken with the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, was pulled over and arrested in Austin, Texas for a DUI charge, the Austin American Statesman reports.

And when he was pulled over, things got a little awkward.

According to a police affidavit obtained by the paper, Benson declined to stay in his vehicle after pulling over into a 7-Eleven parking lot, instead appearing to inform the officer he wanted to enter the convenience store.

The Statesman reports police described Benson’s as as “glassy.” He was also “swaying” and “his speech was mumbled and he smelled of alcohol.”

Benson is described in the affidavit as “talkative, uncooperative [and] cocky.”

Additionally, police wrote in the affidavit that Benson “refused sobriety tests.” Benson was asked to recite the alphabet and “stated he couldn’t do that because he played 8 years in the NFL.”

Benson told police he couldn’t count any higher than the number three.

This is not Benson’s first arrest and it’s not even his first arrest in Travis County, Texas. Benson was arrested in 2011 for assault on a family member, while having other legal issues in Austin pending. In 2014, Benson was arrested in Austin for public intoxication.

Benson was released by the Bears in 2008 after being busted for drunk driving and drunk boating (yes, both of them). He latched on with the Bengals but struggled to find a home as a free agent in 2012.

Bears’ Tim Jennings pleads guilty to reckless driving; DUI charge dismissed

jenningsmugChicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings’ attorney worked out a plea agreement to his Gwinnett County, GA DUI case.  Jennings plead guilty to reckless driving, and the DUI charge was dismissed.  He was sentenced to a year of probation, 40 hours of community service, take part in a DUI class and pay fines.

From The Sporting News:

“Mr. Jennings’ DUI case was completely dismissed today due to a lack of evidence to proceed on the DUI,” Jennings’ lawyer Corey E. Yager told WSB in a statement. “The dismissal was provided in the interest of justice and was not a factor in the negotiated plea entered by Mr. Jennings.

“Mr. Jennings (pleaded) guilty to reckless driving due to his high speed. From the inception of this case, Mr. Jennings admitted that he was speeding when encountered by law enforcement. Mr. Jennings steadfastly denied that he was driving while under the influence. Mr. Jennings is looking forward to putting this matter behind him and focusing on his family and his career.”

Jennings was pulled over in Georgia in January for driving 99 mph in a 65 mph speed zone. At the time, he said he was late to a parent-teacher conference. He was charged with DUI, speeding and reckless driving.

Bears’ Jay Ratliff pleads guilty to DUI

ratliffIn political circles, they call it a “news dump” — when a politician releases bad news on a busy news day or over a holiday weekend to try to minimize how many people pay attention to it.

Jay Ratliff did the same thing.  While everyone was paying attention to the NFL Draft taking place in Chicago, and the Bear’s having a high draft selection, Ratliff pleaded guilty to a 2013 DUI that occurred when he was still a Dallas Cowboy.

From the Star-Telegram:

Jeremiah “Jay” Ratliff, a former Dallas Cowboy who now plays for the Chicago Bears, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated on Thursday and will serve one year on probation, according to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

Ratliff was also ordered to pay a $750 fine and must submit to sobriety tests anytime he is asked to by a law enforcement officer during traffic stops, according to the ruling from Bob McCoy, Tarrant County Criminal Court No. 3 judge.

Ratliff presented documentation to McCoy that he had been through a substance abuse evaluation, attended a DWI education course and a victim impact panel sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and performed 20 hours community service for the YMCA…

Ratliff had a blood-alcohol level 0.16, which is twice legal limit, when he was arrested on Jan. 22, 2013, on suspicion of DWI after a crash involving a tractor-trailer rig on Texas 114 in Grapevine, police have said…

Neither Ratliff nor the driver of the big rig was hurt in the wreck.

The crash happened about 12:30 a.m. in westbound lanes in the 2800 block of Texas 114. Ratliff, who lives in Southlake, was driving a black 2011 Ford F-150 pickup when he attempted to change lanes.

A responding officer gave Ratliff a field sobriety test “and formed the opinion he was intoxicated,” Grapevine police have said.

Ratliff refused an on-scene breath test, so officers subsequently obtained a warrant to draw a blood sample, police said.

Richard Dent charged with aggravated speeding for going 107 mph on the Edens

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I remember back during Richard Dent’s heyday with the Chicago Bears, every year there would be a race amongst the players on the last day of training camp, to see who could get from Platteville to Halas Hall the fastest.  The sportswriters of the day treated this as another wonderful chapter of the already legendary “Monsters of the Midway” 1980’s Chicago Bears.

Unfortunately for Richard Dent, times have changed, even if his driving hasn’t.

According to the Chicago Tribune:

Former Chicago Bears defensive end and Super Bowl XX Most Valuable Player Richard Dent was arrested for excessive speeding in the early morning hours Tuesday in Northfield, police said.

According to Northfield police, Dent was driving 107 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone on the Edens Expressway, or Interstate 94, shortly before he was stopped…

According to a police report, Dent was stopped at 1:55 a.m. on I-94 near Willow Road.

He was arrested at 2:13 a.m. and taken to the Northfield Police Department, where he posted a signature bond and was released at 2:40 a.m., police said.

The report said Dent was “very cooperative” with police during the arrest.

Dent is next scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court in Skokie on May 15.

If he is found guilty of aggravated speeding over 40 mph over the posted speed limit, Dent could be sentenced up to 364 days and/in jail or fined up to $2,500.  If his driving record isn’t too bad, a sentence of conditional discharge with community service and a fine is more likely than jail.

Details emerging about Tim Jennings’ DUI arrest, the evidence looks weak to me

The police report for Bears CB Tim Jennings’ DUI arrest has been released on the internet, and in my opinion, the case does not look very solid to me.

Jennings was stopped at 11:44 a.m. on an interstate after being clocked for going 99 in a 65 mph zone.  Jennings later told the officer that he was late for a parent-teacher conference.

Jennings was taken aback when the officer stated that he detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and began questioning him about whether he had been drinking.  Jennings told the officer had had not drank in over ten hours.  The officer then asked Jennings whether he had brushed his teeth that morning, and added that “you can brush your teeth and still have the smell of alcohol on your breath, you know that.”

Jennings must have correctly guessed that this officer was going to arrest him for a DUI regardless of the evidence, because from this point on, he refused to cooperate by performing field tests or a breath test.

Considering that although Jennings was driving fast, he was not drifting, swerving or otherwise driving in an impaired manner, that he was not confused or befuddled, there are no reports of slurred speech or bloodshot eyes, nor unsure or difficult walking, and there are no field tests or breath test, it is hard to see how Jennings would be found guilty of this case.  Then again, I don’t know what the courts are like in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Bears cornerback Tim Jennings arrested for DUI

When I said yesterday that the NFL arrest season had just begun, even I didn’t realize the arrests would keep coming at such a rapid pace.

Arrest #3  Saints LB Junior Galette

Galette was arrested for domestic violence.  His lawyer states that the allegations are false.

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Arrest #4:  Bears CB Tim Jennings

Bears cornerback Tim Jennings was pulled over around noon Wednesday in Gwinnett County, GA for speeding 99 mph in a 65 mph zone.  After an investigation, he was placed under arrest for DUI and reckless driving. He has posted bond.

Bears cut Evan Rodriguez after DUI arrest

rodriguezEvan Rodriguez’s DUI turned out to be quite costly for the Chicago Bears FB/TE.  The team has decided to cut him after his second arrest of the off-season (and reports that he continued to frequent nightclubs in the days following his DUI arrest).

From the Chicago Tribune:

The Chicago Bears have decided to release fullback/tight end Evan Rodriguez, a source told the Tribune on Monday.

Rodriguez managed to stick with the Bears after his first arrest of the offseason in March, for disorderly intoxication. Those charges subsequently were dropped.  He appeared to have managed to stick with the Bears after his second arrest of the offseason in May, for driving under the influence. A police source told the Tribune that Rodriguez’s blood-alcohol level was 0.17, more than twice the legal limit.

The Bears have put his roster space to use already, signing fullback Tony Fiammetta, according to his agent.

Rodriguez was contrite after his latest arrest.

“I apologize to the whole organization and my family and my teammates,” Rodriguez said. “I know I made a poor judgment that night. I also have to earn my teammates’ trust back and the coaches’ trust back, so I can say a whole bunch of words, but I have to lead by my actions.”

Less than 48 hours after his arrest, Rodriguez was seen in a Chicago nightclub.

Last week, Bears general manager Phil Emery said he was extremely disappointed in Rodriguez.

“There are a lot of things we have to work through,” Emery said. “All off-the-field incidents are subject to NFL policies and guidelines. We have to work through these things.”

The Bears chose Rodriguez in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.