Book-Em! UTs Benson busted again for DWI by Collin County DWI attorney Troy Burleson

By Collin, Dallas and Denton County DWI Lawyer Troy Burleson

The Eyes of Texas are upon you, indeed! Former University of Texas star running back, Cedric Benson, was arrested and charged with DWI last week. This is Mr. Benson’s second drinking related arrest in the last few months. Previously, Mr. Benson was arrested for BWI (boating while intoxicated).

This is an unfortunate story, but it is a cautionary tale to anyone who has been convicted or recently charged with an intoxication related offense. Once you have been arrested, or even convicted, of an intoxicated offense the arrest or conviction is contained in police data banks. Police officers routinely run license plate numbers of vehicles late at night during the hours when drinking and driving is at its peak (usually between 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.).

If an officer runs your license plates and discovers that you have been previously convicted or arrested for an intoxicated offense, there is a good chance that officer will find a reason to pull you over and investigate whether or not you may be driving drunk. It is a vicious cycle, but it is reality. We always inform our clients of this police tactic and warn them that they should not take the risk of getting behind the wheel of a car after even ONE drink because the risk is too high that an officer will run your license plates and pull you over. Hopefully, Mr. Benson is just a victim of overreaching officers and did not actually commit another intoxicated offense.

Here is the article from KXAN in Austin, Texas
AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — We’re learning new details about Cedric Benson’s early morning DWI arrest. The former UT football star and current running back for the Chicago Bears, was arrested in the 400 block of Colorado Street in downtown Austin.

Benson has faced two alcohol-related arrests in Austin in just a little more than a month’s time. Saturday morning’s arrest report noted Benson almost hit a pedestrian.

Benson was leaving Kenichi restaurant when he was pulled over a little after 2 a.m. Saturday. The officer said he saw Benson run a red light, cross three lanes of traffic and then quickly stop, forcing a pedestrian to jump out of the way of Benson’s car.

“He had a late dinner with his girlfriend, and he was arrested,” said Benson’s attorney Sam Bassett.

“The officer observed some signs of possible intoxication on the driver, so he called for a DWI enforcement unit,” said Veneza Aguiñaga of the Austin Police Department.

Benson told the police officer he had one mixed drink, a vodka and seven up. But his attorney had a different story. “He said he had two or three drinks with dinner,” Bassett said.

The DWI enforcement officer reported Benson had a strong odor of alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot and glassy and said he was staggering. He noted that Benson was cocky and lying.

“After he was placed under arrest he was given the opportunity — as is everyone that’s arrested — for DWI to provide a specimen of their breath or blood,” Aguiñaga saod. “Mr. Benson refused.”

This comes just about a month after Benson, was arrested for boating while intoxicated and pepper sprayed for resisting arrest on Lake Travis. Something even Benson’s attorney admits doesn’t look good.

“Obviously this isn’t something we wanted to deal with, but we have to,” Bassett said. “Just because he was arrested doesn’t mean he is guilty.”

Benson was in town over the weekend for his mother’s birthday, Bassett said.

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