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‘It’s really high’: Hall of Fame beer player Dan Hampton’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit when stopped Nov. 20

Byers Hall of Fame defensive lineman and radio broadcaster Dan Hampton’s truck contained an open jug of alcohol and when he was stopped by a Winfield police officer on November 20, he had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit, according to charge documents. according.

Documents say Hampton, three miles from his Winfield home, told officers he had five beers at a friend’s home in Lowell. Later in the hospital, he learned that his blood alcohol level was .189. The legal limit in Indiana is .08.

“It’s really too much,” he whispered, before an officer took him to jail, the documents said.

Hampton was formally charged with three misdemeanors related to operations while intoxicated last weekend. With the highest penalty, he could face up to one year in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

According to court records, 64-year-old Hampton posted a $2,500 bond. The court has recommended suspension of his driver’s license. His next court appearance is on January 25 before Judge Julie Cantrell.

He is represented by Matthew Fetch and Paul Strassi. Fake declined comment on Monday.

According to court documents, an officer pulled over a Hampton black Chevrolet truck on the 11700 block of Iowa Street just before 7:30 p.m. on November 20, as it accelerated to 68 mph in a 40 mph zone. was driving from

When the Hamptons rolled down the window, the officer smelled wine, he wrote in a report, and found a silver YETI cup with a red liquid in the cup holder and a 128-ounce jug of Carlo Rossi wine that was one-quarter was blank, the affidavit states.

The affidavit said Hampton spent two minutes trying to find his paperwork. He handed the officer the ID card of the owner of the Illinois firearm, saying “it should be done,” the documents said. The officer wrote in the probable cause affidavit that his eyes appeared to be covered in blood and was slurring his speech.

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He told the police officer that he was going home. Hampton prepared himself to exit the truck and left with an “unsteady balance,” the officer wrote.

The officer began some field sobriety tests. Documents say Hampton refused to do a chemical test and called his son to pick up his truck.

Asked if he was drinking while driving, he said he did not remember, the documents show. Officers took him to Franciscan Health Crown Point, where he received a warrant for a blood test from a judge by 9:30 p.m. through the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office.

Known to fans as “Denimal”, Hampton played for the Bears from 1979 to 1990, including on the 1985 Super Bowl championship team and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He hosts the show “The Hump and O’B” on WGN Radio with former Bears Ed O’Bradovich, Glenn Kozlowski and host Mark Carman.

He was charged with operating a vehicle with a specified amount of alcohol in the body, a Class A misdemeanor, operating while endangering a person, both Class A misdemeanors, and operating while intoxicated, a Class C misconduct.

Hampton was arrested for drunk driving in Arkansas in 2002, just days before he was voted into the NFL Hall of Fame. According to CNN, he spent a week in prison and was fined $1,000. According to media reports, alcohol-related arrests have also taken place in 1996 and 1997.

Jerry Devitch contributed.

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