Michael Ditka DUI charges dropped
Michael P. Ditka
Updated: April 25, 2012 1:32AM
The felony DUI case against the son of former Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka was dropped at a court hearing Friday.
Michael Ditka, 50, of Deerfield, was charged with felony DUI for allegedly driving drunk on April 20, 2011. He was charged with a felony because he had two prior DUI arrests.
However, Lake County Associate Judge Brian Hughes had previously granted a defense motion from attorneys Robert Ritacca and Charles Schneider quashing Ditka’s 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 the arresting officer approached the vehicle, according to testimony from the initial hearing, Hughes said Friday, noting, “He (the officer) was targeting a specific vehicle.” Hughes said.
Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Money filed a motion asking Hughes to reconsider his ruling. In the motion, Money said that the officer observed Ditka appeared to be intoxicated.
Hughes denied the request to reverse his finding earlier this month that there was no reasonable suspicion to charge Ditka.
After the ruling, Money said the state was dropping the charges.
Ditka faced probation or three to seven years in prison if he had been convicted of felony DUI.
His brother Mark Ditka also has a DUI case pending in Lake County. Mark, also of Deerfield, was charged with DUI for allegedly having a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit and is due back in court March 7.