Former Mr. Football charged with felony OWI

James R. Banks, II, 33
The Lebanon Reporter
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ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (Lebanon Reporter) - Zionsville Police arrested a former Indiana Mr. Football early Friday morning.

James R. Banks II, 33, of Indianapolis, was pulled over in the 100 block of N. Main St. in Zionsville for driving left of the center line and non-functioning license plate lights, according to court documents. Banks failed each part of the field sobriety test, according to the probable cause affidavit, and he demonstrated "poor manual dexterity to go along with slurred speech and glassy and bloodshot eyes."

Banks then refused a breathalyzer test, but submitted to a chemical test, according to our news gathering partners at the Lebanon Reporter. Authorities transported him to Witham Anson for a blood draw, and that resulted in a BAC of .24 - three times the legal limit.

At the time of his arrest, Banks did not have a valid license and was driving while suspended.

Prosecutors filed notices to seek habitual vehicular substance offender status, and enhanced penalty for operating while intoxicated based on prior convictions. Court documents said Banks was convicted in August 2015 and June 2016 for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Both of the prior offenses occurred in Marion County. Banks was still under probation for the June 2016 conviction.

Banks faces charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more, both level 6 felonies. Other charges include operating a vehicle while intoxicated - endangering a person, and operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more, both class A misdemeanors; public intoxication, a class B misdemeanor; and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a class C misdemeanor. Banks also faces several vehicle infractions.

Trial has been set for 9 a.m. March 28, 2017.

A former standout prep athlete at Ben Davis High School, Banks won the Indiana Mr. Football award in 2001.

Alcohol-related incidents led to Banks’ dismissal from the University of Tennessee football team before his junior season. He led all receivers his sophomore year with 42 catches for 621 yards and 6 touchdowns. He then attended Carson-Newman before entering the 2008 NFL Draft.

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