Everyone makes mistakes, even all-time great NFL players. Well, former Vikings star and Hall of Famer Carl Eller was caught while making one of those drastic mistakes in judgment last April, when he nearly collided with a police car while driving drunk, then harassed arresting officers who attempted to take him into custody when he pulled into his house, leading to a diverse dossier of charges: fourth-degree assault, terroristic threats, driving while impaired and refusing to submit to a chemical test.
Well, now Eller is turning the tables on the Minneapolis police department, filing an 18-page lawsuit that the arresting officers who arrived at Eller’s home used “improper impact and unauthorized force” when arresting the 66-year old senior citizen. According to Eller’s lawyer Albert Goins Sr. in a story in the ST. PAUL PIONEER-PRESS, Minneapolis officers hit Eller in the head with a flashlight, subdued him with a chokehold and tasered him multiple times.
A lot of people finished off 2008 on a rocky run (Charles Barkley, anyone?), but few can compete with former Arkansas and Weathersford (Tex.) star running back Mark Pierce, who killed the driver of an oncoming car in a drunk driving accident and then ran from police on foot at the scene.
According to the FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, Pierce had reportedly stolen a Chevrolet Trailblazer from his family’s home in Weatherford on Tuesday morning, when he collided with a van driven by Lance Shelter in south Fort Worth. Pierce was then encountered with two options: try and help the victim at the scene or leave on foot. He chose the latter. (Shelter had died instantly in the crash.)
Unfortunately for Pierce, it’s not so easy to make good time while running from police when you’re very, very drunk. Fast as he is, he was still apprehended less than an hour after fleeing. He was arrested for “suspicion of intoxicated manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid”, and it doesn’t seem like a stretch to say he’ll end up guilty on both those counts.
The initial rumor being kicked around prior to this week was that Carmelo Anthony would be meeting with Nuggets brass regarding trade rumors, which turned out not to be the case: yesterday’s meeting actually resulted in a 2-game suspension for his recent DUI arrest, and this morning, he pleaded to a lesser charge in Denver County Court (both per the DENVER POST).
Anthony will serve a year’s probation and 24 hours of community service to go along with his team’s imposed suspension. The 2 games are mostly symbolic, more than anything else, but appropriate, given that it’s his first offense. Anthony will also be part of a Colorado State Patrol campaign on driving responsibly.
The first-round draft pick and Nuggets’ franchise player is questioning some of the pressure being put on him with the arrest and the Nuggets being swept out of the playoffs by Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.
The blood tests from Carmelo Anthony’s Denver DUI have come back, and the results shows that the Nuggets star was almost twice as drunk as he legally sould have been.
KCNC-TV reports that Anthony’s blood alcohol level had registered .148 for the April 14 incident. The legal limit in Colorado is .08.
Police already had some clue about Carmelo’s “extreme impairment” when the player couldn’t pass any sobriety tests. However, Anthony told officers that he only had “two glasses of red wine” the evening of his arrest.