An East Moline man, with a long history of illegally getting behind the wheel, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and a felony count of aggravated driving on a revoked license.
Richard Earl Bellmon, 53, of 1208 13th St. No. 4, made an initial appearance on Wednesday in Rock Island County Circuit Court.
His charges stem from a Nov. 5, 2012, incident when records state he was stopped by police driving a 1999 Cadillac west on Interstate 88, near milepost 3, at a time when his blood alcohol level was more than the legal limit of .08.
Mr. Bellmon is not allowed to drive because his license was revoked for a previous DUI conviction, records state.Court documents indicate he has been caught driving on a revoked license 15 times in Illinois between 1996 and 2010 in the counties of Boone, Cook, DuPage, Will and Winnebago.
Mr. Bellmon remained in the Rock Island County Jail on Wednesday on a $50,000 bond and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday.
Today is Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.