Former Pittsburgh Steeler appears in court for DUI case

PITTSBURGH — Former Pittsburgh Steeler Louis Lipps Jr. waived his preliminary hearing Monday morning on DUI charges following a crash earlier this month.

Channel 11 spoke with Lipps’ defense attorney, Bob Del Greco, who said, “Louis regrets his conduct and accepts responsibility.”

According to a criminal complaint, Lipps was behind the wheel with a blood alcohol content of 0.235% when he crashed into a taco truck parked on Mount Washington.

Lipps’ attorney told us an insurance claim has been filed and he “pledges to make whole the property damage sustained by the trailer owner.”

Lipps is due back in court for a formal arraignment in January. Del Greco said he hopes to have Lipps referred for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD), a program for first-time DUI offenders in which charges are ultimately removed upon completion. Lipps will most likely face probation, license suspension and a fine.

“Louis is a pillar of the community, widely loved in the Steeler nation of Pittsburgh; all in all, (he) has contributed greatly to our community and I think that’s why everyone embraces him,” Del Greco said. “He regrets his conduct; I’m sure it won’t happen again.”

Lipps was set to be inducted into the Steelers’ Hall of Honor shortly after the crash, but he declined to attend in light of the arrest.

“He did the honorable thing by declining to attend on the basis of not detracting from the other worthy individuals,” his attorney said. “So I think it was a class move by him and hopefully some time in the future, he’ll have his day.”

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