Browns draft pick Armonty Bryant arrested, charged with DUI
The former Eastern Central (OK) pass rusher was arrested Friday morning in Ada, Okla., according to police report. Bryant was charged with DUI on Monday at the in Pontotoc County District Court, is scheduled for a court appearance on Tuesday.
According to an arrest affidavit, Bryant was driving near the stadium at East Central University when he was pulled over by an officer at 3:46 a.m on Friday. The police offer was tipped off when Bryant made a left turn after failing to signal until his vehicle had come to a stop sign on the East Central University's campus.
During questioning the officer detected Bryant had slurred speech, gave off a strong odor of alcohol and struggled to stay steady on his feet. Initially, Bryant denied driving behind the wheel with alcohol in his system but later he admitted to having “a few drinks earlier in the evening,” the report said.
Bryant also gave the officer a hard time while undertaking the breathanalyzer test. The police report added that the officer had to administer the breathanalyzer test over 10 times before Bryant completed it successfully. Bryant registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.098 percent after blowing into the breathanalyzer. The state limit is at 0.08.
Bryant and another person in the passenger’s seat were arrested for public intoxication. However, Bryant was released from Justice Center at 10:30 a.m. Friday after posting a $500 bond.
The Cleveland Browns said in a team release that they were aware of Bryant’s recent arrest and will not further comment on the situation while still engaged in the process of “collecting more information.”
This is the recent arrest in a series of legal troubles for Bryant, who only eight months ago pleaded no contest to a a felony charge of marijuana distribution in a school zone. Bryant was caught twice selling marijuana to an undercover cop, both times in the campus parking lot. He was suspended three games last season by East Central University last season for the arrest on marijuana distribution charges.
However, Bryant vowed to make the most of his second chance, when drafted 217th overall by the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Draft last month.
"I feel like it was just a stupid move on my part. I should have been more mature about the situation and be more focused on football, which is something I really want to do with my life,” he said. “Now that I've gotten that second chance, I feel like I won't let anyone down… I won’t let myself, the people around me or the Cleveland Browns down. I appreciate them for taking this chance on me.”
The Cleveland Browns are scheduled to open their rookie minicamp on Friday and it remains unknown whether Bryant will attend. Since he hasn’t signed his contract yet, the Cleveland Browns won’t take a financial loss in parting ways with him at this stage, and have added depth at the position during the offseason. But the team will end up bringing only four draft selections into camp after trading two picks for future ones last month.