A football coach at an Illinois high school was taken into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol on July 15. However, school officials said on Aug. 4 that, although he will not be coaching the football team, he did still have his job as athletic director.
On July 15, an officer observed the 44-year-old coach’s vehicle crossing the center line on Illinois Highway 173 near Clark Road in Spring Grove. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. When talking to the coach, the officer said that he was unable to keep his balance and was slurring his words. He reportedly refused to take a breathalyzer test. He ultimately posted $100 bond. His next court appearance was scheduled to be on Aug. 14.
The Illinois secretary of state’s office commented on the coach’s case, stating that his license will be suspended for a year at minimum for refusing the breathalyzer. If he is convicted on DUI charges, it was said that his license could be suspended for up to 10 years.
Those who are accused of drunk driving could potentially face serious legal consequences that could include jail time and a loss of their driving privileges. A person who refuses to submit to a breath test could face an automatic driver’s license suspension due to the state’s implied consent law. Depending on the circumstances of the case, a criminal law attorney could challenge the evidence the prosecution has. If a breath test was conducted, for example, it could be argued that the device was not calibrated correctly. Another argument could be that the traffic stop was conducted without the required reasonable suspicion.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “Following DUI charge, suburban high school football coach sidelined for season“, Amanda Marrazzo and John Keilman, August 7, 2017