O'Fallon Progress

Ex-O’Fallon basketball coach’s DUI hearing postponed

Rick Gibson
Rick Gibson

A court hearing for a former varsity boys basketball coach at O’Fallon Township High School was postponed Thursday at St. Clair County Circuit Court. Rick Gibson allegedly backed into a parked car and was later arrested for a misdemeanor charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Justin Kuehn, an attorney representing Gibson, was unable to attending the hearing because of a conflict in his schedule.

The court has not rescheduled Gibson’s hearing.

Kuehn has requested the hearing to be held on Sept. 26, but the court typically doesn’t hold court on Mondays.

Gibson, 42, submitted his resignation as coach Sept. 6, citing responsibilities to his wife and five children as the reason.

He was stopped Aug. 12 after allegedly backing into another vehicle while leaving Shooter’s Bar and BBQ. He failed field sobriety tests, twice refused breathalyzer tests, and was subsequently arrested by O’Fallon Police. According to Illinois law, refusing a breathalyzer automatically leads to the suspension of a driver’s license for six months to a year.

The O’Fallon District 203 School Board likely is expected to formally accept Gibson’s resignation during its regular meeting on Sept. 22.

According to the police report, Gibson told police he did not know he hit another car.

When he spoke with police, he allegedly had slurred speech, and there was strong odor of alcohol on his breath.

According to police, a witness said Gibson backed into the right passenger side fender and rear door of a white Volkswagen. Gibson was allegedly trying to leave the scene of the accident in a parking space near Shooters, located at 113 East First St., but was stopped by police who observed damage to Gibson’s 2010 Nissan Armada sports utility vehicle.

Gibson allegedly told police he had been drinking and had a few beers. He told police he met some friends at the Horseshoe Lounge and Restaurant at 950 of Talon Dr., before going to Shooter’s where he allegedly drank two 12-ounce Miller Lite beers between 11 p.m. and 12:01 a.m., according to an O’Fallon Police report.

Gibson was released from custody after he posted $100 bail on Aug 12, seven days before his 42nd birthday.