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 Bellmon is not allowed to drive because his license was revoked for a previous DUI conviction, records state.Court documents indicate he has been caught driving on a revoked license 15 times in Illinois between 1996 and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, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.