Why OJ Simpson Will Make List of Celebrities Charged With DWI

(photo courtesy of ABC.com)

The following article was written by Sean Kelsey, Director of Operations, as he shares his perspective on OJ Simpson’s next steps.

Before we look at OJ, let’s look at why people take the risk and drink and drive, then we can apply to OJ.

Why do most people drink and drive?

There are several reasons people drink, peer pressure, stress, addiction but the biggest factor is social.  About 85% of all DWI arrests happen after drinking with family, friends, or coworkers.

Alcohol as we all know affects someone’s sense of judgment, so their decision making process is not that of someone who is sober, so I was not surprised when reading an article from recovery.org that states the most common reasons were:  

  • 40% let friends drive drunk because they’ve done it before
  • 20% of men and 7% of women would let a friend drive drunk to avoid an argument.
  • Booty calls: 1 in 4 drunk drivers are headed to a “hook-up” location

Another reason for drinking and driving is that the person feels he or she can get away with driving while drunk. An average drunk driver has driven drunk 60 times before the first arrest. He or she does not believe they will be caught or cause an accident.

So why do celebrities drink and drive?

Simple.  The same reason non-celebrities do…because they feel they can get away with it.  However with celebrities, they feel that they can be above the law, and their celebrity status may prevent them from being charged, however as you can see from the top 75 celebrity arrests below, they were mistaken.  

  1. Matthew Fox, Actor, LOST  
  2. Rima Fakih, Former Miss USA  
  3. Tori Vance, Miss Teen USA  
  4. Houston Summers, singer
  5. Chad Kroeger, lead vocalist for Nickelback  
  6. Mary Kennedy, Kennedy family
  7. Bobby Brown, singer
  8. Lisa Robin Kelly, actress, That 70’s Show
  9. Mischa Barton, actress, The OC
  10. Matt Rutler, Christina Aguilera’s boyfriend
  11. Ashley Van Dyke, professional race car driver
  12. Gary Collins, The Home Show talkshow host
  13. George Maloof, Sacramento Kings owner  
  14. Samantha Ronson, British singer-songwriter
  15. Taboo, Black Eyed Peas
  16. Paris Hilton, great-grandson of Conrad Hilton / reality television star  
  17. Barron Hilton, of Hilton Hotel dynasty
  18. Lindsay Lohan, Parent Trap & Mean Girls actress  
  19. Tim Allen, comedian and Home Improvement actor
  20. Angel Salazar, Scarface actor
  21. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Wide Receiver, Oakland Raiders
  22. John Goodman, Polo tycoon
  23. Too Short, rapper, collaborated with Lady Gaga, Tupac Shakur, and the Notorious BIG
  24. Megan Hauserman, model & reality star from Beauty and the Geek and Rock of Love
  25. Shaun King, Buccaneers quarterback
  26. Ross Pearson, UFC fighter
  27. Amanda Bynes, She’s the Man and Easy A actress
  28. Donovan Bailey, 1996 Gold Medalist Sprinter
  29. Jaime Pressly, My Name Is Earl actress
  30. Chris Klein, American Pie actor
  31. Michelle Rodriguez, Lost & Fast Five actress
  32. Mel Gibson, actor
  33. Stephanie Pratt, actress, The Hills
  34. Mickey Rourke, actor
  35. Nicole Richie, celebrity
  36. Keifer Sutherland, actor
  37. Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense & Alphas actor
  38. Heather Locklear, actress
  39. Jennifer Lyn Jackson, Playboy playmate
  40. Busta Rhymes, rapper
  41. Vivica Fox, actress
  42. Kurt Angle, WWE wrestler
  43. Ty Pennington, host, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
  44. Nick Carter, singer
  45. Jeffrey Donovan, actor, Burn Notice
  46. Charles Barkley, 11 time NBA All-Star, 1993 NBA MVP
  47. Khloe Kardashian, celebrity
  48. Flo Rida, rapper
  49. Thomas Jane, actor
  50. Richie Sambora, musician
  51. Mitchel Musso, actor, Hannah Montana
  52. Avery Brooks, celebrity
  53. Jayson Williams, athlete
  54. Anna Nicole Smith, celebrity
  55. Rip Torn, 30 Rock actor
  56. Vince Neil, lead vocalist for Mötley Crüe
  57. Redmond O’Neal, son of Farah Fawcett
  58. Tawny Kitaen, actress, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
  59. Craig Robinson, actor, The Office
  60. Doug Wilson, celebrity designer, Trading Spaces
  61. Lane Garrison, actor, Prison Break
  62. Sam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize-Winning playwright and author
  63. Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots’ vocalist
  64. Nick Hogan, son of Hulk, reality TV star
  65. Tracy Morgan, comedian, 30 Rock actor
  66. Rick Springfield, singer
  67. Matthew Roloff, reality TV star, Little People, Big World
  68. Shia LaBeouf, Transformer actor
  69. Nick Nolte, Thin Red Line & Prince of Tides actor
  70. Taran Noah Smith, child star
  71. Mike Tyson, boxer
  72. Tiger Woods, golfer
  73. Aaron Carter, Singer
  74. O.J. Simpson, NFL Great, (December 2017)

The transition for O.J., after 9 years of being incarcerated will be difficult.  He will have to deal with adjusting to life outside of prison, changes in technology, changes in friends, and the strain of being on parole.  Most prisoners when being released from prison suffer from what is called Post Incarceration Syndrome which is a serious problem for offenders who are released from correctional institutions.  According to DrugRehab.com.

“Post Incarceration Syndrome (PICS) is a mental disorder that occurs in individuals either currently incarcerated or recently released; symptoms are found to be most severe for those who encountered extended periods of solitary confinement and institutional abuse. These symptoms stem from an individual encountering an environment of punishment that provided little opportunity for education, vocational training, or rehabilitation”

So I hope that I am wrong, and I hope that OJ takes his time being incarcerated and uses it to go out and make a difference in people’s lives to right the wrongs in his life, however, based on my conclusion I believe that OJ will be arrested for DWI within 3 months of being released from prison.  

2017-07-20T21:35:59+00:00