Former UT Football Star Arrested for Driving Under the Influence


Cedric Benson, a former UT star football player, was charged with drunk driving on Saturday morning.


The affidavit states Benson was driving 12 mph above the 30-mph speed limit in the 800 block West Sixth street. The Austin police officer pulled him over at around 2:47 a.m. after Benson’s BMW hit the officers radar. The officer also noted Benson made an improper turn and changed lanes without signaling on North Lamar Boulevard.


Police pulled Benson over into a 7-eleven parking lot. While in the Parking lot, Benson disregarded the police and motioned his intention into walking inside the convenience store. The police noted Benson’s eyes were glossed over and his speech was slurring. He also noted that Benson smelled like alcohol. The report also recounts an uncooperative, talkative and cocky behavior from Benson.


At first Benson refused to comply with the officer administrating the sobriety tests. When asked to recite the alphabet, Benson Said, “stated he couldn’t do that because he played 8 years in the NFL” he also claimed he couldn’t count above the number three. When asked to perform a balance test, Benson refused.


Benson was taken to the Travis County Jail and was booked where his bail was $5,000. According to the Travis County Jail he is no longer in custody.


Benson, the former running back for UT, has a record of legal altercations in Austin.


In July there was a case in which a woman sued Benson, claiming his two Rottweilers attacked her as she was walking her dog in Northwest Austin.


Benson seems to have a history of intoxication on North Lamar Boulevard. According to court records, on the 900 block of North Lamar Boulevard in December 2014 Benson was charged with public intoxication after a verbal altercation between a man and a woman who were passengers in a cab.


Benson was arrested in 2010 for hitting a bar employee in downtown Austin.  He was sentenced to 20 days in jail after pleading no contest in a plea bargain with the prosecution.


Before Benson played for the NFL in Chicago, Cincinnati and Green Bay, he had the second most rushing yards in Texas history. He accumulated 5,540 yards from 2001 to 2004. Due to two alcohol-related incidents in Austin, Benson was released by the Chicago Bears in June of 2008.


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