This October in Oregon, star athletes Jacob Gleeson and Liam Ridgewell were arrested and charged with DUII.
Drunk driving is an epidemic across the entire country, as the average drunk driver gets behind the wheel intoxicated at least 80 times before they’re arrested. When someone is charged with drunk driving, a DUII can carry serious consequences that can potentially ruin someone’s life for years, even decades, to come. However, with the right DUII attorney, it’s possible to overcome an arrest and improve your life for the better. That being said, we’ll have to wait and see how the two star players for the Portland Timbers handle their DUII charges in Lake Oswego Municipal Court.
According to KOIN, Ridewell and Gleeson, the Timbers’ captain and goalkeeper, were arrested in Lake Oswego around 11 p.m. near the intersection of Pilkington Road and Willow Court. Gleeson crashed his BMW and called Ridewell to come and pick him up. But when Ridgewell arrived, so did Lake Oswego Police, who suspected both athletes were impaired after administering field sobriety tests. The two were taken to a Clackamas County jail at 3 a.m. and posted a $7,500 bail to secure their release later in the morning.
The DUII charges came just a few days after the Timbers lost to the Vancouver Whitecaps, which eliminated them from the 2016 playoffs. Although Portland is out of the playoffs, the team still represents the two players and stated that they have been in “close contact with the players, local law enforcement, and the league office. The club will not have further comment until more information is available.”
In addition to DUII, Gleeson, a New Zealand native, could potentially face charges of reckless driving and reckless endangering.
After speaking with Oregon Live following the team’s victory over the Colorado Rapids, Gleeson, who spent last year on the bench as a backup, said he was motivated to get his team into the playoffs. “We’re a team that has that fight at the end,” he stated. “There’s no ‘we’ll get them next time.’ We’re coming to get that last playoff spot.”
Because of the social stigma surrounding drunk driving, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to suffer after a DUII arrest. And no matter who you are, it’s important to find a reputable Lake Oswego attorney to represent you after an arrest.
If you’re facing down a DUII charge, don’t hesitate to contact a criminal defense attorney. Don’t fight your legal battle alone—contact Jared Justice to speak with an Oregon DUII attorney today.