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FORMER WHITE SOX CATCHER ARRESTED FOR DUI

by Robert Kerr

A DUI charge can carry weighty penalties, including fines and possible license suspension, especially if the defendant has had multiple offenses. Those accused of drunk driving should work to understand all aspects of their cases to protect their futures.

Chicago White Sox Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk was arrested recently on suspicion of DUI. Fisk is currently under contract as an ambassador to the community with the White Sox, greeting guests at U.S. Cellular Field. He retired from the sport in 1993 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

According to police, police officers in the Chicago suburb of New Lenox responded to calls about a truck in a cornfield around 7:20 p.m. one recent evening. Upon arriving at the scene, police report the truck had a flat tire and claim that there was an open bottle of vodka. Fisk was allegedly unconscious in the driver’s seat.

The 64-year-old man was taken to a local hospital as a precaution, and police allege that he refused a blood alcohol test while there. He was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI and was also charged with illegal transportation of alcohol and a lane violation. Fisk was released after posting bond, pending a court appearance scheduled for Nov. 29.

Driving under the influence is a serious offense, but everyone makes mistakes. Those facing such charges should be aware of their rights, as well as their responsibilities, when working on their cases. It’s also worth finding out if Fisk actually refused a test. Police may not be able to prove what his blood alcohol content was at the time he was arrested.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, “Carlton Fisk arrested, charged with DUI,” Daryl Van Schouwen, Oct. 23, 2012

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