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 Bellmon is not allowed to drive because his license was revoked for a previous DUI conviction, records state.Court documents indicate he has been caught driving on a revoked license 15 times in Illinois between 1996 and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 Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Merry sleigh bells jingle in our streets in the wake of a driving northwest storm of snow and rain. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Thomas Campbell was elected commander of John Buford Post 243, Grand Army of the Republic. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Thomas B. Reidy was named consul of C.W. Hawes Camp No. 1550, and L.H. Eihl was named consul of Camp 29, Modern Woodmen of America. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island aldermen last night upheld the view of a petition signed by 150 businessmen that the city should not install parking meters. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Total volume during the Christmas mailing season may reach 12 million pieces in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Postmaster Carl J.L. Wessel. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The aromas filling the air at the Rock Island Lines depot in Rock Island soon will be prime rib and roast duck rather than sawdust and plaster. A tourist train will be offering dinner excursions in mid-February or early March, according to Dan Carmody, executive director of the Development Association of Rock Island.