DUI Charges Dropped Against Ditka's Son

Judge had ruled to overturn the arrest and suppress evidence

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    Deerfield Police Department
    Michael P. Ditka, son of former Bears Coach Mike Ditka, was arrested on April 20, 2011 for a DUI.

    Prosecutors have formally dropped felony DUI charges against the son of former Bears coach Mike Ditka.

    When he was pulled over on April 20, 2011, Michael P. Ditka had problems completing the field sobriety test and had a blood alcohol level of 0.189 percent, over the legal limit of .08 percent, police said. The felony charges were a result of two prior DUI arrests on Ditka’s record.

    Earlier this month, Lake County Associate Judge Brian Hughes granted a motion by Ditka’s defense attorneys overturning his arrest and suppressing evidence from the arrest.

    Ditka’s Hummer was parked in a Deerfield strip mall and no keys were in the ignition when a police officer approached the SUV, according to court testimony, Hughes said Friday, noting, the officer “was targeting a specific vehicle,” Chicago Sun-Times reported.

    Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Money asked Hughes to reconsider his ruling, citing the police officer observed Ditka appearing to be under the influence, but the request was denied, according to the Sun-Times.  Money then dropped the charges.

    If convicted, Ditka would have spent as much as seven years in prison.

    Mike Ditka's other son, Mark Ditka, also has a DUI case pending in Lake County. Mark was charged with DUI for having a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit and is due back in court March 7, police said.