Nov. 8—Former Pittsburgh Steelers large receiver Louis Lipps Jr. was arrested and charged with driving beneath the affect after metropolis police say he crashed a pickup right into a parked trailer Saturday evening on his avenue in Mt. Washington.
Police mentioned Lipps, 59, had bother talking and standing on the crash scene and declined to take normal area sobriety assessments as a result of, he mentioned, he knew he would fail.
A breath take a look at greater than an hour later discovered Lipps had a blood alcohol stage of .235%, practically thrice the authorized restrict to drive of .08%, police mentioned in a felony grievance.
Lipps’ arrest comes a couple of week earlier than he’s to be inducted into the Steelers’ 2021 Corridor of Honor class at Heinz Subject on Nov. 14. His inclusion within the class had been introduced in July. The Tribune-Evaluate has reached out to the Steelers for remark.
Lipps, a first-round decide in 1984, by no means appeared in a Tremendous Bowl, however he was one of many NFL’s most dynamic receivers and punt returners with the Steelers from 1984 to 1991. He spent the 1992 season with New Orleans.
Police responded to the crash on Ruth Road shortly earlier than 11 p.m. An officer discovered Lipps, 59, behind the wheel and his spouse, Leah Lipps, within the entrance passenger seat, the grievance mentioned.
The trailer was legally parked on the road, police mentioned. Its proprietor was inside his house on the time of the crash they mentioned.
Within the felony grievance, an officer mentioned Lipps’ eyes have been bloodshot, watery and glassy. Requested the place he was going, police mentioned Lipps, who lives on Ruth Road, mentioned, “I am going proper down the road.”
The officer might odor indicators of “an intoxicated beverage” coming from Lipps’ breath as Lipps continued to elucidate what occurred, stuttering and slurring his phrases, the grievance mentioned.
When the officer requested Lipps to show off the pickup, Lipps mentioned “It’s off.” He turned it off after the officer suggested him it was nonetheless on, the grievance states.
When the officer requested Lipps at hand over the keys, police mentioned Lipps turned the car again on, after which off once more.
Requested once more what occurred and the way he hit the trailer, Lipps mentioned, “I hit the trailer?” the grievance mentioned.
When requested to step out of his car for sobriety assessments, police mentioned, Lipps virtually fell and officers needed to catch him. As a result of he was swaying and staggering whereas strolling, officers escorted him to the aspect of his car, the grievance mentioned.
Requested how a lot he needed to drink, police mentioned, Lipps responded, “So much.” Requested if he would carry out the sobriety assessments, police mentioned Lipps mentioned, “I’ll fail, so no.”
After being taken to a zone station the place the breath take a look at was carried out with Lipps’ consent shortly after midnight, police mentioned, Lipps was taken to the Allegheny County Jail as a result of he was not capable of present a sober celebration to choose him up.
Lipps’ pickup, which was reasonably broken, was towed from the scene as a result of Leah Lipps additionally was intoxicated, police mentioned. She was not charged with something.
No legal professional was listed for Louis Lipps in courtroom information.
Lipps was arraigned on two misdemeanor DUI expenses Sunday morning and launched. His preliminary listening to is scheduled for Nov. 22, in response to courtroom information.
Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Evaluate employees author. You may contact Brian at 724-226-4701, email@example.com or through Twitter .