Simi Valley police arrest Rams practice squad center for DUI

Football fans in California have only had one chance to see Aaron Neary during a regular season NFL game, but he remains on the practice squad for the Los Angeles Rams as a center. His recent arrest on suspicion of DUI might complicate his career plans, but the team's coach was glad that no one was hurt when Leary allegedly drove under the influence of alcohol.

Shortly before his traffic stop, multiple people alerted the Simi Valley Police Department to an erratic driver hitting objects on the side of the road. Police officers stopped the vehicle on El Monte Drive close to El Lado Drive. Neary, who lives in Simi Valley, reportedly cooperated with the officers and got out of the car. His breath test is said to have yielded a reading of .17 percent, well above the legal alcohol limit.

Officers booked the 25-year-old man into the East County Jail for Ventura County. He now faces DUI charges and hit-and-run with property damage. According to the police report, Neary hit several mailboxes, trash cans and a bus stop sign while driving.

Although driving offenses that did not injure people might appear insignificant, they could involve criminal charges and loss of driving privileges. A person charged with drunk driving or reckless driving might limit the negative consequences by obtaining legal counsel. An attorney may look for opportunities to defend the person from the most severe charges. Mistakes made by police during a sobriety test might allow an attorney to undermine the evidence behind the charges. The efforts of an attorney may help a person avoid jail time and initiate the process of regaining a driver's license.

Source: NBC Los Angeles, "Rams Player Arrested for Suspicion of DUI", Sept. 18, 2018

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