This seems to be old news by now but I thought I would give a little insight about this case. It looks like he was picked up during a routine traffic stop. As of now he looks like he is charged with DUI. DUI is usually charged when it is apparent that the person is intoxicated from alcohol. It is a much easier case to prove because it is a measurable. The police can measure how much alcohol is in a person's blood and the law lays out acceptable amounts. If you are over that amount then it is presumed you are intoxicated. With Drugs being the alleged intoxicant here it is a more difficult case to prove as it is more difficult to detect and establish that someone was impaired by.
Now many people will say that he had drugs on him so that is evidence that he was using drugs. That simply is not the case. It may have some circumstantial value but not much. If they want to charge him with possession then it would be evidence, but not DUI. DUI is Driving Under the Influence, not driving in possession of drugs.
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Here is the original article.
In addition to the DUI charge, Donald David Washington III, 25, was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, speeding and driving while license suspended. Effingham County State's Attorney Ed Deters said Washington had been stopped Thursday afternoon by an Illinois state trooper for allegedly traveling 86 miles per hour in a 65-mile per hour zone on Interstate 70 about five miles west of Effingham.
Judge Ericka Sanders set bond at $20,000. The relatively high bond was set because authorities believe more charges might be pending. Deters said police found crushed pills during a search after Washington's arrest and believe they may be a controlled substance. The pills were sent away for testing, he said.
Sanders told Washington she would not issue an arrest warrant for any new charges related to the pills because of the high bond. Washington posted $2,000 bail almost immediately after his court appearance. Washington has been a backup defensive back for the Kansas City Chiefs since 2009. He grew up in Indianapolis and played football at Ohio State University. A complete version of this story will appear in Saturday's print edition of the Effingham Daily News.