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 Bellmon is not allowed to drive because his license was revoked for a previous DUI conviction, records state.Court documents indicate he has been caught driving on a revoked license 15 times in Illinois between 1996 and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 Tuesday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business. 1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments. 1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace. 1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually. 1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area. 1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.