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 Bellmon is not allowed to drive because his license was revoked for a previous DUI conviction, records state.Court documents indicate he has been caught driving on a revoked license 15 times in Illinois between 1996 and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, May 23, the 143rd day of 2013. There are 222 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: Messrs. J. and M. Rosenfield have moved their leather and hidestore to the building formerly occupied by Temple Bufords's store. They buy and sellhides, pelts, furs, wool, beeswax, lard, tallow, etc. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Lumber Company has recovered 5,000 of the8,000 logs that were carried away by the Mississippi River flood last week. 1913 -- 100 years ago: John J. Ullemeyer has been awarded the contract to furnish RockIsland fire and police department members with uniforms, at the city's expense. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Work on Aledo's new $38,000 swimming pool was started thismorning at South Park when ground for the pool was broken by Mayor John W. Murphy. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Students and teacher at Moline High School called today "MissLeona Day" day at the school in honor of the government teacher who retires at theend of the school term. Although she's been teaching for 43 years at the school, Miss Dayfound a new way of arriving at the school this morning. At 7:30 a.m., a police squad carpulled up in front of Miss Day's home and escorted her to school. A caravan of students' cars joined the procession along the way. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Barbecue cooking and riverfront antics are planned for Discover the River Day Saturday in Leach Park, Bettendorf. A 5K run, wind surfing, a canoe race, hogcalling and more will round out the day under the Interstate 74 bridge.