|Grand juries no-bill Benson over 2 Texas arrests|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 25 September 2008 15:35|
Two Travis County grand juries declined to indict Benson on charges of boating while intoxicated, resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated.
The former University of Texas player is ``elated'' over the decision, said Sam Bassett, his attorney.
``Since my initial review of the evidence in both cases, I have said that Cedric was not guilty,'' Bassett said in a statement. ``I hope that this situation reminds us all that not every person who is arrested for a crime is guilty.''
Benson was stopped May 3 while on Lake Travis and charged with boating while intoxicated and resisting arrest. He was then pulled over in downtown Austin on June 7 and arrested on a drunken driving charge.
l arrest, officials did not conduct a field sobriety test and there was no video evidence.
In the driving while intoxicated case, there was video evidence but Benson ``appears very well'' in the recording, Escamilla said.
Benson's status as a well-known sports figure in Austin did not play a factor in the outcome of the cases, the county attorney said.
``Sometimes it's to his benefit and sometimes it's not,'' Escamilla said. ``We call them as we see them.''
The grand jury heard from law officers and Benson before making its decision, Bassett said.
Travis County Court-at-Law Judge Elisabeth Earle had previously ordered Benson to install an ignition lock breathalyzer in his car as a condition of his bail at a pretrial hearing in June. Bassett said he believes Earle will allow Benson to remove the device.
The Bears cut Benson after the second arrest in Austin. He is a free agent. Benson's agent did not return a phone call Thursday left by The Associated Press.
Benson was arrested when he was a student at the University of Texas in 2003 on a misdemeanor criminal trespassing charge. Misdemeanor drug and alcohol charges against him were dropped in 2002 after an arrest in Midland.