NFL CB Jeremy Lane charged with DUI

From ProFootballTalk.com:

Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane has been officially charged with driving under the influence after a January arrest in King County.

According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Lane was stopped by police on January 16 for going 90 miles per hour on eastbound I-90. Speed limit on the freeway is either 60 or 70 miles per hour depending on the exact location of the traffic stop. Even though Lane’s blood alcohol level was not about the legal limit, Lane had admitted to smoking marijuana and failed multiple field sobriety tests.

The “suspected and admitted marijuana usage in conjunction with alcohol consumption” is what prompted the arrest, according to the police report.

Lane was released by the Seahawks last week after playing the first six seasons of his career in Seattle … Lane appeared in 70 games with Seattle with 21 starts.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on March 26. The violation is subject to possible league discipline as well.

NY Jets LB arrested for DUI after wrong way crash with bus in Lincoln Tunnel

From the NY Post:

A rookie Jets linebacker known as “Wild Man” was busted early Monday morning for a boozed-up, wrong-way crash with a jitney bus in the Lincoln Tunnel — and bragged about playing for the Gang Green during his arrest, authorities said.

Dylan Donahue had a blood-alcohol level of .15 — nearly twice the legal limit — when he collided with the vehicle in the center, New Jersey-bound tube just before 2 a.m., sources said.

A Port Authority cop witnessed Donahue, who was behind the wheel of a green Dodge Charger Hellcat, weave through traffic cones on the Jersey side and into the center tube against westbound traffic, according to PA spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

The driver’s and passenger side airbags of the Charger were set off by the impact of the crash, which left the vehicle’s front-end completely smashed in.

…The jitney was carrying 15 passengers at the time. Four suffered minor injuries and were transported to Hoboken University Medical Center in stable condition.

The 25-year-old was charged with DWI and reckless driving.

Green Bay rookie RB Aaron Jones arrested for OWI-Drugs

From the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel:

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones was arrested in early October and faces several charges after a traffic stop in which he admitted to smoking marijuana.

Jones, 22, has pleaded not guilty to counts of speeding, driving without a valid license and operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in his system, according to Wisconsin court records. The district attorney’s office for Brown County filed charges on Oct. 2, several days before Jones made his first start against the Dallas Cowboys.

The arrest and subsequent charges previously had been unreported.

…Jones was pulled over for speeding on Highway 172 in Ashwaubenon at 11:37 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, according to an incident report obtained by the Journal Sentinel. A state trooper clocked Jones’ vehicle traveling 79 miles per hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone.

The report states the trooper smelled marijuana emanating from the vehicle and observed Jones’ eyes to be red and bloodshot. Jones told the trooper he had woken up three hours earlier and smoked marijuana after eating breakfast. A search of the vehicle did not produce any narcotics or paraphernalia.

A second trooper arrived on the scene, and Jones was asked to participate in a standardized field sobriety test along the side of the highway. The report states Jones was assessed one “clue” for using his arms to balance during a walking test but had no issue standing on one leg or tracking an object with his eyes.

Jones was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay for a blood test. He was released from custody at 1:33 p.m. after Donatello Brown, a cornerback for the Packers, signed the responsibility agreement to care for an individual who has been operating a vehicle under the influence.

…This is not his first run-in with the law. Jones was arrested Feb. 10, 2016, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to a report in the El Paso Times. A deputy observed Jones’ car swerving out of its lane shortly after 1 a.m., and the Intoxilyzer test registered breath alcohol concentration levels of 0.15 and 0.139. The legal limit in Texas is 0.08.

Jones, who played college football at the University of Texas at El Paso, eventually entered a pretrial diversion program that functions like probation but ends with the charge being dropped.

“By entering the program,” the newspaper reported, “Jones agrees to follow several probation-like conditions that include reporting to a probation officer, taking alcohol and drug tests, and attending several DWI-related classes and a Mothers Against Drunk Driving victim impact panel.

“Unlike probation, if Jones successfully completes the program the driving while intoxicated charge will be dismissed.”

Wisconsin is a zero tolerance state, meaning that driving with any amount of marijuana in one’s blood system is an “operating while under the influence.”  Wisconsin Statute 346.63(1)(am)Illinois recently amended its DUI laws to set a legal limit of 5 ng of cannabis per ml of blood.

Read the entire story here:  http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2017/11/20/packers-running-back-aaron-jones-faces-marijuana-related-charge/880409001/

Colts coach, former player Mathis arrested for DUI with 0.05 BAC

Current Indianapolis Colts coach (and former player) Robert Mathis was arrested for DUI, despite having a BAC of 0.052.

There is a common misperception that a person cannot be charged or found guilty of DUI if he or she tests under the “legal limit” of 0.08.  As this arrests, demonstrates, that is not correct.

In Illinois, a person can be found guilty of DUI if the evidence shows that the person has consumed any amount of alcohol, so that his or her “mental or physical faculties are so impaired as to reduce his ability to think and act with ordinary care.” (Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions, Criminal 23.29).

Under Illinois law, there are the following presumptions that apply to a breath or blood test result (625 ILCS 5/11-501.2(b)):

1. If there was at that time an alcohol concentration of 0.05 or less, it shall be presumed that the person was not under the influence of alcohol.
2. If there was at that time an alcohol concentration in excess of 0.05 but less than 0.08, such facts shall not give rise to any presumption that the person was or was not under the influence of alcohol, but such fact may be considered with other competent evidence in determining whether the person was under the influence of alcohol.
3. If there was at that time an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more, it shall be presumed that the person was under the influence of alcohol.

This means that it is possible to be found guilty with a BAC less than 0.08, especially if it is above 0.05.  In fact, just the other day I was at the Markham courthouse and I observed a Judge find a defendant guilty in a case with a 0.062 BAC.

From the Indianapolis Star:

Indianapolis Colts assistant coach and former defensive lineman Robert Mathis tested below the legal threshold but was still arrested on a preliminary charge of drunken driving Tuesday.

A breath test showed Mathis was driving with a 0.052 percent blood-alcohol level when he was pulled over shortly after midnight in a neighborhood south of 106th Street.

“That reading combined with other factors led officers to believe he was impaired and not safe to operate a vehicle,” Carmel Police Sgt. D.J. Schoeff said.

In Indiana, a driver is presumed drunk at 0.08 percent,  but officers can arrest someone with a lower blood-alcohol level under some circumstances.

Mathis, 36, was booked into the Hamilton County Jail Tuesday morning on an initial charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, records show. He was later released.

Mathis, according to a Carmel police news release, was traveling the wrong way on a one-way street and failed to use a turn signal near Bishop Circle and Windemere Boulevard, which is close to 106th Street and Towne Road. An officer arrested Mathis at 12:09 a.m.

He was booked into the jail at 3:30 a.m. and released without posting a bond at 8:41 a.m. An initial hearing was scheduled for Nov. 8.

Mathis was added to the Colts coaching staff as a pass rush consultant in September after working in an unofficial role for a few months. Mathis, a lifelong Colt, was drafted in 2003 and went on to rack up 123 sacks over 13 seasons.

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.

Cowboy’s cornerback Nolan Carroll arrested for DWI

Veteran cornerback Nolan Carroll, who signed a three year contract with the Dallas Cowboys this off-season, was arrested for DWI in Dallas according to the Dallas News.

Carroll was pulled over for a traffic violation.  No other details have been released yet.