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.