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Illinois football player suspended for DWI

Senior defensive lineman for the University of Illinois, Justin Staples, has been suspended indefinitely from the football team after being arrested for drunk driving last month.

Head Coach Tim Beckman originally suspended Staples for two weeks during winter workouts but has since decided to increase the suspension. He is currently practicing with the team but Beckman says he will miss games.

Staples was arrested on February 9 on South Neil Street. His blood alcohol level was registered at 0.157, nearly two times over the legal limit. His court date was scheduled for today. The sociology major has played in all 13 games last season, totaling 16 tackles, one sack, and two pass breakups.

If you have been charged with drunk driving, contact the drunk driving lawyers of Bruno Law Offices today at (217) 328-6000.

Rantoul man arrested for DUI after fleeing police

Earlier this month, a Rantoul man was arrested and charged with drunk driving after driving the wrong way on U.S. 45.  Champaign County deputies responded to a call about a possible drunk driver at around 1 a.m.  The driver was reported to be near Leverett Road.

A deputy found him turning off the road and traveling south onto the northbound lane of the highway.  The officer says he used lights and sirens to try to pull the driver over, but he  continued, made a U-turn, and entered the southbound lane of the highway traveling northbound.

The chase ended after the deputy found the 41-year old driver’s vehicle wrecked in a ditch.  After refusing to submit a breath test, the driver was arrested on the suspicion of DUI.

If you or someone you know has been charged with drunk driving in Champaign, contact the Champaign drunk driving defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 to learn more about your right to experienced legal representation.

Former Champaign police officer arrested for second DUI

41-year old Lisa Staples was recenty arrested for her second DUI. Staples is a former Champaign police officer who resigned from her position two years after receiving her first DUI charge in 2008.

In 2008, Staples was charged with driving under the influence after driving an unmarked police vehicle the wrong way on Interstate 72 at around 2:30 A.M. Prosecutors negotiated a plea deal with Staples who plead guilty to the misdemeanor DUI charge and was sentenced to 18 months of court supervision.

Last Monday, Staples was arrested again for a secon DUI charge. Police officers responded to a call about an two-vehicle car accident on Illinois 10 at around 9:30 P.M. According to police reports, Staples rear-ended an SUV vehicle infront of her in the westbound lanes of the highway. Police took Staples into custody on charges of failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving under the influence. She was released from the Champaign County jail three hours after the arrest.

If you are facing charges of driving under the influence and have questions about defending yourself in court, contact the Champaign drunk driving defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000 today to learn more about your rights.

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