by Ivan Foley
A former punter for the Kansas City Chiefs faces a charge of driving while intoxicated in Platte County.
Louis Aguiar, age 42, was ticketed by a deputy for the Platte County Sheriff’s Department in the early morning hours of Friday, June 20. The deputy saw Aguiar’s vehicle allegedly failing to drive within a single lane on Interstate 29 at 112th Street. Aguiar was then pulled over at 1:11 a.m. at the intersection of 112th Street and Ambassador, just off of I-29.
Court records indicate he refused to submit to a breathalyzer test. Deputy William Beeler made the arrest.
Aguiar posted a $1,000 bond later in the day on June 20.
Aguiar’s case has been continued multiple times in Platte County Circuit Court. The former player appeared in court last Wednesday, when the case was set for a bench trial in front of Judge Gary Witt. That trial is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29 at 1:30 p.m.
The possibility remains that Aguiar could plead guilty to the offense rather than go to trial. His attorney, Mark Ferguson of Kansas City, described the chances of the case going to trial as “50/50,” in a phone interview with The Landmark on Tuesday morning.
It is fairly common for first time offenders in Platte County who plead to a DUI charge to be sentenced to two years probation. Offenders often are mandated with 40 hours of community service and must attend a substance abuse traffic offender program (SATOP), among other possible conditions.
Aguiar was driving a 2002 white Ford Excursion SUV with an Illinois personalized license plate of AGUIAR 5. In his playing days, 5 was his jersey number.
Court records list Aguiar’s address as Columbia, Ill.
While with the Chiefs, Aguiar was involved in considerable charitable work, and it is believed he still visits Kansas City quite often in connection with those activities.
After beginning his NFL career with the New York Jets in 1991, Aguiar punted for the Chiefs from 1994 to 1998. His best season with the Chiefs was 1995, when his average was 43.8 yards per punt. That year, 29 of his 91 punts were downed inside the opponent’s 20 yard line.
His longest punt with the Chiefs was 68 yards in 1996. His career long was 71 yards with the Jets in 1993.
After parting with the Chiefs following the 1998 season, Aguiar kicked with the Green Bay Packers in 1999 and finished his career with the Chicago Bears in 2000.