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Drunk boating charge could leave Benson needing to hitch a ride

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When Cedric Benson returns to the Bears’ voluntary offseason workout program (assuming that happens), he might need a lift to work.

While Inside the Bears is not going to pretend to have any legal expertise in the state of Texas, or any other jurisdiction for that matter, it appears that Boating While Intoxicated charges are applied in the same manner as Driving While Intoxicated charges in Texas.

If so, Benson could be rolling without his drivers license whether he’s in Austin, Texas, the Halas Hall parking lot, or any point in between.

According to an outline of events surrounding Benson’s arrest that was provided by the Lower Colorado River Authority, Benson refused to submit to an Intoxilyzer (breath) test when he was in custody at Travis County Central Booking. In DWI cases in Texas, when a suspect refuses a test to determine his blood/alcohol concentration, he is served with a notice of suspension and his license is confiscated. If the boating laws are identical, Benson lost his driving privileges Saturday night, at least temporarily.

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And with the 44th pick in the 2nd round the Chicago Bears select, Tulane running back Matt Forte. I tell you what, them words are starting to sound better and better, especially after this eventful weekend. From Rashard Mendenhall already getting injured, and in rookie mini camp no less, to Cedric Benson basically putting the nail in the coffin to his NFL career. Im pretty interested to see how the commissioner handles this one, also Angelo. Oh well, at least Angelo made the right decision last saturday GO BEARS!!

well isnt this just the best news ive heard today!!! now maybe they'll get rid of this guy who isnt worth a damn. it might be what the bears need to bring in someone like sean alexander, to help forte. have forte be our main RB and alexander to back him up. i think that could be a nice 1,2 punch. i personally think SA has enough left in his tank for a couple more good years. thanks benson you made my day!!!


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