A DuPage County grand jury indicted former Bears quarterback Bob Avellini on felony drunken driving charges this week after his sixth DUI-related arrest since 2002.
Avellini, 60, who played for the Bears from 1975 to 1984, was stopped by Roselle police Sept. 15 while driving near his northwest suburban home. According to court records, Avellini "had (a) very strong odor of alcohol, glassy bloodshot eyes, lethargic motion, (and) slurred speech" upon being pulled over.
The police report also described him as confused and swaying during the 12:45 a.m. traffic stop. He also acknowledged that he had been drinking, court records state.
Avellini, 60, refused to submit to a breath test, so his blood was drawn at Central DuPage Hospital. Records show his blood alcohol content was 0.181 — more than twice the legal limit — four hours after being pulled over.
Prosecutors later charged Avellini with felony drunken driving because he has two prior DUI convictions and was driving on a suspended license. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.
A DuPage County grand jury affirmed the charge this week, indicting Avellini on five counts of aggravated driving under the influence. He is expected back in court later this month.
Reached at his Roselle home Friday, Avellini declined to comment.
Avellini's latest arrest came nine days after a DuPage County judge convicted him of a misdemeanor drunken driving charge stemming from a 2012 arrest. He was sentenced to serve two years of probation, perform 300 hours of public service and undergo an evaluation for counseling services. He was instructed not to drive until the court allows it, records show.
Avellini also has a DUI conviction on his record from 2002, according to the Illinois secretary of state's office. He has beaten DUI charges three times in the past decade, DuPage County court records show.
In addition to his legal problems, he filed for bankruptcy protection last year, citing liabilities of more than $2.2 million and assets of about $1.3 million.
Tribune reporter Christy Gutowski contributed.