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Bucs’ June cleared of DUI charge

Posted Apr 14, 2008 by Roy Cummings

Updated Apr 14, 2008 at 05:04 PM

TAMPA – Bucs linebacker Cato June received good news Monday regarding the DUI charge that was brought against him last November.

June, who was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence last Nov. 19, had the case against him dropped by the state, according to attorney Ron Hanes.

June’s arrest came in the wake of a traffic stop that came after police clocked him driving 66 mph on North Dale Mabry Hwy. at 2:52 a.m.

The arresting officer, Peter Bucher, said he detected the smell of alcohol as he approached June’s car, but June refused to take a breathalyzer test.
The officer subsequently conducted a field sobriety test and said in his arrest report that June “exhibited clues of impairment.”



Reader Comments

Por (Brendan McLaughlin) on April 14, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I guess my only question is why?  It says right on the back of your license that it is illegal to refuse a BAC test.  He obviously had something to hide.  If it was someone that has done something for the Bucs that’s another story… it’s not.  Florida is screwed up.

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Por (Brent Michaels) on April 14, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Complete BS that the charges were dropped.  Another example of the adage…if you have money, you are innocent.  The legal system is rigged.

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Por (will mac) on April 14, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I know why, because he is a pro athlete that makes enough money to hire an attourney who’s brothers cousins uncle plays golf with the judge.  Its not athletes its anyone with the $$$$$ can always get out of a jam in this country.

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Por (Carl) on April 14, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I suspect the officer lacked sufficient probable cause to pull him or ask him to submit to a breathalizer.  Wouldn’t matter if they found a kilo of drugs, if the officer doesn’t follow procedure or have sufficient PC the case can be dismissed.

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Por (REGINALD GRAY) on April 15, 2008 (Suggest removal)

U people r funny! The man is cleared of charges, u dont question the fact that maybe he didnt do anything wrong, but how scewed the legal system is. WOW!! Driving under the influence is wrong, but guess what? If u take medication that makes u drowsey and are behind the wheel, THAT IS DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE also. My point, some times look at the laws and stop hoping assuming every athlete is always guilty.

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Por (WilliamL) on April 15, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Ignorant comments.  Pro athletes are convicted of these charges all the time.  If the state dropped the charges, they didn’t have enough to convict him.  This happens to people from all walks of life.  Probable cause is not an issue here, either.  If he was speeding, then the stop was legal.  If the officer then “says” he smells alcohol, that’s enough probable cause in and of itself.  People are always ready to judge after reading a small blurb in a newspaper.  Get your facts straight before you rush to judgment.  That’s what the State did.  I’m not saying he was guilty or not.  I just don;t base my opinions on a small article that states someone was arrested for DUI wiothout knowing any of the real facts.

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Por (Greg Donoghue) on April 15, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Doing 66 in a 45 is probable cause for the Officer to check for the influence of alcohol. June should have been brought to a hospital for blood testing after he refused to take the breathlyzer. There is a double standard of laws in this nation; one for the people of influence and wealth and one for the rest of us. We are certainly getting closer to the time when people will be fed up with this double standard.

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Por (chris Milana) on April 15, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Hey Carl…not sure if you have ever been on Dale Mabry, but the top speed on that road is 45. So I’d say doing 66 is enough probable cause to stop him. Must have been something else.

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Por (mkurbo) on April 16, 2008 (Suggest removal)

As always, the press does not give much attention to the player who has now been cleared. But, when this happened last season, they tarred and feathered the guy. Especially Mike Florio at PFT - who suggested June lacked character and the Bucs were “collecting” criminals…

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