Chicago, IL- Former Chicago Bears quarterback Bob Avellini is facing a several years in jail after being indicted for his 6th DUI arrest since 2002.
Avellini, who played with the Bears from 1974 to 1980, was arrested on Sept. 15th in his North Chicago suburban neighborhood. Court records, reported by the Chicago Tribune, state that at the time of his arrest, Avellini smelled strongly of alcohol and had blood shot, glassy eyes when police Roselle police pulled him over.
The arresting officers also noted that he was unsteady on his feet throughout the arrest and seemed confused. While he admitted that he had been drinking, he refused to take a breathalyzer test on the scene.
Approximately, four hours after his arrest, a blood test taken at a local hospital showed that Avellini’s blood alcohol content was .181, over twice the state’s legal limit.
He was charged with 5 counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving on a suspended license.
Avellini’s indictment for his 6th DUI came just nine days after a judge convicted him of misdemeanor DUI related to a 2012 arrest. He was sentenced to two years’ probation, 300 hours of community service and to undergo evaluation for counseling services, according to the Chicago Tribune. The judge also ordered him not to drive until he is given permission to do so.
Avellini apparently ignore the judge’s orders and like many repeat drunk driving offenders, ignored the court’s orders.
Avellini was last convicted of DUI in 2002, but managed to avoid three other convictions that occurred since then. If he is convicted for his 6th driving under the influence charge; he faces up to seven years in jail.
The drinking and driving problem which plagues current NFL players appears to extend to retired players and executives, as well. Earlier this month former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar was arrested for drunken driving. And last week, Jon Sandusky, Jerry Sandusky’s son, and director of personnel for the Cleveland Browns, was arrested in North Dakota for driving under the influence.
Everyone makes mistakes, and many drivers who are charged with their first DUI won’t ever make that mistake again and thanks to the expertise of a Chicago DUI attorney, they can avoid jail time and possibly retain their driving privileges.
However, roughly half of all individuals charged with one DUI are likely to repeat that offense. A recent study showed that people who are drunk change their views about intoxicated driving. Though sober individuals typically think drinking in driving is wrong, alcohol dramatically affects their views and they often feel they are okay to drive even if they are intoxicated.
Chronic drunken driving offenders often face lengthy jail sentences and in many cases could lose their licenses for years, sometimes for life. It is important for a repeat offender to have the assistance of a Chicago DUI attorney, in many cases they can help negate the negative effects for two or more DUI offenses.