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Cedric Benson arrested on boating DUI charge

Cedric Benson arrested on boating DUI charge Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson was arrested for operating a boat while intoxicated on Saturday. According to reports, Cedric Benson failed the sobriety test while operating a 30-foot boat, then resisted arrest and had to be pepper-sprayed and dragged by the officers ashore. The incident happened on Lake Travis (Texas) Saturday night, when his boat with 15 other passengers was stopped by a Lower Colorado River Authority officer for a random safety inspection. "When Benson did not pass the test, he presented himself as a threat to the officer and argued about whether or not he would be taken to land to have a follow-up field sobriety test performed on land and refused to put on a life jacket," was the statement made by the local authorities. The charges are class B misdemeanors, each punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine, Cedric Benson was released from jail on Sunday on a $14,500 bond.

 This is not the first time the Chicago Bears running back gets in trouble. In 2002, misdemeanor drug and alcohol charges against him were dropped, but in 2003 Benson was sentenced to eight days in jail for trespassing after forcing his way into an apartment to look for a reported stolen TV.

 Published on 05/04/2008

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