Bears’ RB Benson Arrested for DUI – while Boating!

By Mary Ann

Widely criticized Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson faced a DUI arrest over the weekend, despite the fact that he wasn’t driving.  Of course, you don’t have to be driving a car to be arrested for DUI—usually operating any kind of motorized vehicle under the influence will do the trick.

While out boating with friends in his home state of Texas, Benson’s watercraft was stopped for a safety check by the Lower Colorado River Authority.

Benson’s DUI arrest had an unusual level of drama for a DUI stop, due to the fact that he was reportedly attacked with pepper spray and roughed up a bit after allegedly resisting arrest.  Benson claims that others on his boat were drinking, but that he was not, and was not drunk at the time of his arrest.

Benson was charged with resisting arrest and drunken boating.  He’ll get his chance to defend his DUI offense; there is no word on how the arrest will affect Benson’s status with his employers, the Chicago Bears.



The Latest Tool to Fight DUI

By Mary Ann

With the dangers of drunken driving so obvious, it’s no surprise to often come across stories in the media about the latest efforts to curb DUI and bolster arrests and convictions.

The latest story involves a device that records the eye movements of DUI suspects during the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test — more commonly thought of as when an officer tracks the eye movements of a DUI suspect.

While the story does a nice job of describing what this device does, it does miss on an important point: that such technology is far from a slam-dunk in terms of proving a DUI offense, despite what some may claim.

When it comes to field sobriety tests like HGN, the One-Leg Stand Test and the Walk and Turn (WAT) test and how they may apply in your case, getting in touch with a local DUI attorney is a smart way to gauge truth from fiction.