What Rick Telander wants you to know about ‘improper DUI charge’

Rick Telander

For the last word on Rick Telander’s DUI arrest we turn now to Rick Telander.

As reported here August 20, the veteran Chicago journalist and senior sports columnist at the Sun-Times was cleared of all charges in connection with a traffic stop July 25 in north suburban Wilmette.

Telander, 72, who lives in north suburban Highwood, was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol, disregarding a traffic control device, speeding, improper lane usage and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. He declined to comment while the case was pending.

After a Cook County Circuit Court judge ordered the case dismissed without fine or penalty August 18, Telander sent me the following email:

Rob —

I appreciate you setting the record straight about the improper DUI charge I was given a few weeks ago, which was thrown out by the judge for being wrong.

I just want to make sure people understand that ALL the charges brought against me — including disregarding a traffic signal, improper lane usage, speeding, and no auto insurance — were also dropped.

All were wrong. Every one of them.

The 2021 insurance card was in my glove box. The police’s own video disproved the other charges.

I just want to make sure your readers know. I think it’s important. It certainly is to me.

Thanks much,

Rick Telander