Browns rookie Armonty Bryant was arrested and charged with DUI. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns rookie defensive end Armonty Bryant was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol less than a week after being drafted, reports the Akron Beacon Journal.
According to the report, Bryant repeatedly refused to adequately blow into an Intoxilyzer after being stopped by police last Friday.
The Browns selected Bryant in the seventh round despite coming into the draft with baggage. Bryant was suspended for three games last season at East Central Oklahoma University in Ada, Okla. after being arrested in October for selling $20 of marijuana twice to an undercover officer, both times in an ECU parking lot.
“We are aware of the incident and are now in the process of collecting more information," Browns vice president of media relations Neal Gulkis said in a statement after the Beacon Journal asked for a comment. "We will not have any further comment.”
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Pool then arrested Bryant and tried to get him to submit to the state’s breath test. Bryant, 22, repeatedly refused to adequately blow into an Intoxilyzer, though two deficient samples read 0.10 and 0.09, according to the report. Bryant also declined to submit to the state’s blood test.
“During my interactions with Armonty I observed him to have slurred speech, to have a strong odor associated with an alcoholic beverage coming from about his person and to be unbalanced on his feet,” Pool wrote in the report.
According to the report, Pool pulled Bryant over at 3:46 a.m. Friday because Bryant made a left turn after failing to signal until his vehicle had come to a stop at a stop sign near East Central University’s Norris Field, where he became a Division II college football standout. Bryant initially told Pool he was driving a friend home from a party and had not been drinking, but he later “stated that he had a few drinks earlier in the evening,” according to the report.