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After spending his money irresponsibly and failing to pay his rent, Jerry has been evicted. Fortunately he has a friend who will take him in: Josh Brent.
June 28, 2008
The San Diego Union-Tribune runs a front-page story on Safe Ride Solutions, a car service designed to stop pro athletes from driving drunk. The company was dreamed up by a police officer after Steve Foley drove drunk and got shot. Safe Ride employs off-duty or retired cops: With one call, a player can get a ride home for himself and his car. NFL executives like the program so much that they've helped make it available nationwide.
Frequent DUI headlines might make it look as if pro athletes drive drunk more often than average citizens. An analysis by USA Today in 2012 will suggest that is probably not the case: NFL players are arrested on drunken-driving charges less often per capita than members of the general population. What distinguishes the sports figures is their financial ability to hire drivers. And now, with Safe Ride Solutions, they have fewer excuses to drive drunk than they ever had before.
October 18, 2008
Jerry Brown makes two tackles in a 55--13 win over Indiana, the last two tackles of another disappointing season. Feeling betrayed by his coaches because of his lack of playing time, he's entered a spiral of self-destructive behavior: driving without a valid license, missing traffic-court dates, skipping classes. He's on the verge of becoming academically ineligible.
January 1, 2009
A new law takes effect in Illinois: Drivers charged with DUI for the first time must have an ignition interlock installed to monitor their breath alcohol if they want to drive legally while their licenses are suspended. If the driver's alcohol level is above .025, the car won't start.
February 21, 2009
After drinking at Station 211 on Green Street in Champaign, Josh Brent speeds down Lincoln Avenue in a borrowed Oldsmobile Eighty Eight. A police officer pulls him over, tests his blood-alcohol level, finds it above .11 and places him under arrest.