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Another year, another rash of arrests for the Tampa Bay Bucs. According to an article in today’s Tampa Bay Times, free agent Eric Wright was arrested in California on suspicion of DUI.

We have previously blogged often about the troubles and arrests of the Buccaneer’s players and their apparent goal of giving the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders a run for the title of most arrests per NFL franchise. It is still disappointing to see that the team has yet to learn from their past.

According to police reports, Eric Wright, who recently signed a 37 million dollar contract with the team, was arrested on suspicion on felony DUI (with serious bodily injury) after an accident in downtown Los Angeles.

Accordin to the LAPD, officers responded to an auto accident after midnight. They determined that Eric Wright’s Mercedes XLS sports coupe had rear-ended a Chevy Silverado. The football player admitted to both driving the vehicle and drinking at a friends house earlier. He refused the breathalyzer (it is not known if this is his second refusal and therefore a criminal charge). He was charged with a felony DUI because the other driver had an injury.Eric Wright posted $100,000 in bail and was released soon after. His scheduled court appearance is a mere three days before the Buccaneer’s have their training camp!

Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Eric Wright has faced legal problems. While a student at the University of Southern California in 2005, he was accused of sexual assault. While there was noever enough evidence to charge him, that assault investigation led to the police discovering him in possession of 136 Ecstasy pills.

At the time of this entry, it was not known if Eric Wright had hired a DUI lawyer or if he was being sued by an auto accident attorney. Based on Eric Wright’s new 37 million dollar contract, we believe that it is only a matter of time before a lawsuit is filed against him.
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An interesting story in last week’s USA Today poses an interesting an important question to consider this Holiday Season:

Should all states ban cell phone use while driving?According to the USA Today article, state governments should prohibit all drivers from using portable electronic devices such as cellphones while behind the wheel, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) unanimously recommended Tuesday.

The recommendation from the Safety Board followed a hearing on a Missouri highway crash on Aug. 5, 2010, which killed two (2) people and injured thirty eight (38). The chain-reaction crash of four (4) vehicles included two (2) school buses.The Board ruled that the initial collision was caused by a pickup driver, Daniel Schatz, 19, who was one of the fatalities, sending eleven (11) text messages in the eleven (11) minutes before the crash. His pickup rammed the back of a tractor-trailer that had slowed for construction on Interstate 44 near Gray Summit.

According to a story that will appear in tomorrow’s St. Pete Times, the mother of a young woman killed walking on the Harbour Island bridge by a suspected drunken driver is suing the man accused in her death.

Early on Oct. 30, Kate Kohlier and Doug Kozar were leaving work at Tampa’s Marriott Waterside Hotel (coincidentally, where this author was married) and walking across the Harbour Island bridge when they were struck and killed by a car driven by Matthew R. Moye.Another hotel employee, 47-year-old Joao Armando Fonseca Barbosa, suffered a broken ankle when he jumped out of the way of the speeding Cadillac, police said. Last week, Barbosa filed a Negligence lawsuit against Moye.

Kohlier was twenty-four (24) and “on the brink of graduating from the University of South Florida (USF) with a degree in psychology,” said attorney Tom Carey, who is representing Kohlier’s mother, Cindy Collins, in the lawsuit.

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