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Request for driver’s license denied for son of Mike Ditka

Mark Ditka

Mark Ditka

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Updated: February 10, 2013 5:56PM

Mark Ditka, son of former Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka, remains unable to legally drive, a Lake County judge ruled Tuesday.

Ditka, of Deerfield, faces felony DUI and possession of a controlled substance charges. He was charged with his second DUI in October 2012. Charges from his 2011 DUI arrest are still pending.

His attorney, Robert Ritacca, unsuccessfully tried to rescind the statutory summary suspension of Ditka’s driver’s license.

If a driver is found to have a blood-alcohol content above the legal limit of .08 after his first DUI arrest, his driver’s license is suspended for six months, according to prosecutor Ben Dillon.

If a driver refused to submit to a Breathalyzer or chemical test to determine his BAC at his first DUI arrest, his license is suspended for 12 months, Dillon said.

However, a driver’s license is suspended for 36 months when a person like Ditka is arrested for DUI a second time, Dillon said.

The request to restore a suspended driver’s license is common, Dillon said.

Ditka is accused of refusing to take a breath-alcohol or blood test when he was stopped for illegal lane usage on Oct. 7, police said. Ditka was arrested for DUI after a Deerfield officer conducted a field sobriety test, police said. Police also said they found hydrocodone (generic for Vicodin) in his vehicle, which is a controlled substance, police said.

Ditka is free from custody having posted 10 percent of his $30,000 bond. He is on a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and is not allowed to use alcohol or drugs.

Ditka is due back in court for trial Jan. 22.

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