For the second month in a row, Bears starting running back Cedric Benson is in trouble with the law, this time for drunk driving in Austin, Texas. Benson was charged overnight, this after being pulled over in downtown Austin. He refused blood alcohol and breathalyzer tests, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
It was just back on May 3rd that Benson was in other legal trouble, this time for failing a field sobriety test after being stopped on Lake Travis outside Austin, for a random safety check. He also refused to cooperate, and according to the Lower Colorado River Authority, he presented himself as a threat to the officer. He was subdued with pepper spray and arrested.
Benson had said from the word go that the issue on the boat was not how it seemed, and that the truth would come out in the end. The Bears seemed okay with that situation, but now with this, who knows exactly what will be their reaction. This isn’t the first few run-ins with the law for Benson, who was sentenced to eight days in jail in 2003 for a misdemeanor trespassing charge after forcing his way into an apartment to look for a reported stolen TV. In 2002, misdemeanor drug and alcohol charges against him were dropped.
Benson rushed for 674 yards, four touchdowns and 3.4 yards a carry before going on injured reserve with a broken ankle in November. In three years with the Bears, Benson has rushed for 1,593 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 3.8 yards a carry.