Arizona Cardinals’ GM Charged with Extreme DUI
The state of Arizona is extremely tough on drunk drivers. They don’t care how rich or famous you might be; who you are doesn’t matter when arresting drunk drivers in AZ. Keeping up with this tough stance on DUI’s, Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals General Manager was arrested for DUI on July 4th, 2018 in Chandler, Arizona.
The general manager of the Arizona Cardinals NFL team plead guilty to Extreme DUI relating to his 4th of July arrest. According to police documents, Keim’s BAC (blood alcohol content) was .193; more than twice the legal limit (which is .08). Keim stayed just under the Super Extreme DUI threshold of .20 BAC, which should save Keim some fine money and time in jail.
Extreme DUI is a class 1 misdemeanor in Arizona. An extreme DUI conviction may result in 30 days jail. Keim will probably not be given the 30 days in jail maximum but assuredly will spend some time in jail for his drunk driving arrest. Arizona has proven time and again, regardless of your fame or your status, practically anyone found guilty of DUI in Arizona will spend at least a day in jail. See Charles Barkley’s 2008 arrest.
Just short of a super extreme DUI charge in Scottsdale. Keim has been with the Cardinals since 2013 and is in contract with the team through 2022.
The legal BAC limit in Arizona is .08 percent. Arizona is a no tolerance state when it comes to driving under the influence. This means you can be arrested for DUI in Mesa even if your BAC is under ..08%. Arizona law recognizes three levels of DUI charges, each taking into account factors such as blood alcohol content, previous convictions, or if there are minors in the vehicle.
The Cardinals’ general manager Steve Keim plead guilty to extreme DUI and surrendered to Chandler police. The Cardinals suspended Keim for five weeks and fined him $200,000. Also, the team announced that Keim would only be allowed to join the team after completing counseling, a DUI education course, and an evaluation. This is not the first DUI incident for Keim. His first DUI occurred in 1996, but sins that was more than seven years ago, it will likely not have an impact on his sentencing.
Arizona Cardinals Donate Keim’s Fine to (MADD)
The Cardinals’ general manager Steve Keim plead guilty to extreme DUI and surrendered to Chandler police. The Cardinals suspended Keim for five weeks and fined him $200,000. Also, the team announced that Keim would only be allowed to join the team after completing counseling, a DUI education course, and an evaluation.
Keim, for his part, has accepted full responsibility for the incident and his action, and the severe consequences that has resulted from his DUI charge. Additional repercussions from the NFL may be on the horizon.
A positive from this arrest, Keim’s fine ($200,000) will be donated by the Arizona Cardinals to the Arizona chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
The Cardinal team representative stated that those in leadership positions do bear a greater responsibility and are held to a higher standard. Keim is banned from the team’s facilities and may not have any contact with the team while serving his five week suspension. The Cardinals will report for training camp on July 27 without their general manager. Keim will miss two pre-season games as a result of the suspension handed down by the Arizona Cardinals.
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