Arizona Cardinals’ GM Charged with Extreme DUI

Arizona is notoriously tough on drunk drivers.  The penalties are some of the nation’s toughest.  The legal BAC limit in Arizona is .08 percent.  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. 

  • A standard DUI in Arizona is a BAC of .08 percent 
  • An extreme DUI in Arizona is .015 BAC or higher
  • A super extreme DUI in Arizona is .20 BAC or higher
Arizona is a no tolerance state when it comes to driving under the influence. This means you can be arrested for DUI even if your BAC is under ..08%. There really is no safe amount that you can drink and not have to worry about getting a DUI in Arizona.  If the authorities are able to prove that you are impaired even to the slightest degree, you can receive a drunk driving citation.
 
The state of Arizona is extremely tough on drunk drivers.  They don’t care how rich or famous you might be.  Any person, famous, recognizable, or not will be treated the same when it comes to a DUI.  Often the police see a famous person and prey on their fame to make a flashy arrest.
 
Keeping up with this tough stance on DUI’s, a recognizable man, Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals General Manager was arrested for DUI on July 4th, 2018 in Chandler, Arizona.  This was Keim’s 2nd DUI, the first was 22 years ago in 1996.
 
Keim Pleads Guilty

Keim plead guilty to Extreme DUI relating to his 4th of July arrest in Chandler, Arizona.  According to police documents, Keim’s BAC (blood alcohol content) was .193.  This is more than more than twice the Arizona legal limit (which is .08). Luckily for Keim, he stayed just under the Arizona Super Extreme DUI threshold of .20 BAC.  Staying under the Super-Extreme limit should save Keim both some fine money and time in jail.

The punishment for an Extreme DUI conviction may result in up to 30 days in jail.  Extreme DUI is a class 1 misdemeanor in Arizona. In this case, Keim will probably not be given the 30 days in jail maximum penalty.  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.

Keim, who is under contract with the Cardinals through 2022 was suspended for five weeks and fined $200,000. Also, the Cardinals announced that Keim would only be allowed to join the team after completing counseling, a DUI education course, and an evaluation.

Arizona Cardinals Donate Keim’s Fine to (MADD)

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).

Keim’s $200,000 fine seems really steep.  However, when asked, the Cardinals stated that those in leadership positions do bear a greater responsibility and are held to a higher standard. The team announced that Keim would only be allowed to join the team after completing counseling, a DUI education course, and an evaluation.  Keim will miss two pre-season games as a result of the suspension handed down by the Arizona Cardinals.  Keim is also banned from all Arizona Cardinals facilities and will not be allowed at team events or practices.

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.
By | 2018-07-21T01:09:06+00:00 July 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Arizona Cardinals’ GM Charged with Extreme DUI

About the Author: