Off the Record (OTR)

Benson drinking again

You’d think that by now, former Chicago Bear and Cincinnati Bengal running back Cedric Benson would have learned his lesson, but apparently not.

He’s been arrested numerous times for driving while intoxicated, he’s even been arrested for operating a boat while hammered. In December 2014, he was arrested for public intoxication. In 2010, he was arrested for punching an Austin bar employee. He was released by the Bears in 2008 following two alcohol-related incidents in one month.

Now? He got arrested again for driving drunk.

When police pulled Benson over into a 7-Eleven parking lot, the affidavit states, Benson initially disregarded the officer’s direction to stay inside his car and indicated he wanted to walk inside the 7-Eleven convenience store. Police said in the affidavit that Benson’s eyes were glassy, he was swaying, his speech was mumbled and he smelled of alcohol. The affidavit describes Benson’s attitude as “talkative, uncooperative [and] cocky.”

According to the affidavit, Benson refused field sobriety tests, and when the officer asked Benson to recite the alphabet, Benson “stated he couldn’t do that because he played 8 years in the NFL” and also claimed he was unable to count to any number higher than 3. Benson also refused to perform a balance test, the affidavit states.

There has to be one or more judges in Austin that are simply sick of seeing him. He might be looking at some time in the clink for this one. So wasted you can’t remember your ABC’s or how to count past three? Eesh.

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