Lions LB Ronnell Lewis arrested on 3 misdemeanor charges

4/23/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

For the Detroit Lions the expression ‘old habits die hard’ holds true as they are again making the news pages this offseason for what threatens to become regular appearances in police reports on grounds of reckless off-field incidents. Detroit Lions defensive end Ronnell Lewis was arrested on three misdemeanor charges after a night of heavy drinking and getting into a fight over the weekend, Norman, Okla., police released on Tuesday.
According to Norman Police Sgt. Jennifer Newell, officers responded to calls of disturbance early Saturday at Logan's on the Corner, located in Norman's Campus Corner entertainment district, to find Ronnell Lewis with bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and a "smell associated with alcohol.” Ronnell Lewis had already been kicked out of the bar due to an altercation, but he continued the fight outside, punching a guy who was already on the ground.
After initially failing to heed the police’s warning, Ronnell Lewis was tasered but the he continued to try and fight the other guy. However, Ronnell Lewis finally dropped to the ground after he was tasered a second time by the officer.
Ronnell Lewis was arrested on misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace, public intoxication and resisting arrest. The 23-year-old Ronnell Lewis as booked into Cleveland County Detention Center around 1:30 a.m., and remained in police custody until his release at 7:43 a.m. Saturday morning.
“We are aware of the incident involving Ronnell Lewis,” the Lions released in a statement following Ronnell Lewis’ arrest. “We are in the process of gathering more information and have no further comment at this time.”
The other man involved in the fight with Ronnell Lewis, later identified as the 22-year-old Herve Siviulu of Norman, was also arrested at the scene and faces the same charges.
After emerging as an All-Big 12 Conference defensive end at Oklahoma State, Ronnell Lewis joined the Detroit Lions as fourth-round pick last year. However, Ronnell Lewis played just one defensive snap while putting up two tackles as a rookie, in eight appearances, mostly on special teams for the Detroit Lions.
Ronnell Lewis was expected to land a bigger role on the defense in the 2013 season, following the release of Kyle Vanden and after the Detroit Lions lost Cliff Avril during free agency.
He is also the second Detroit Lions player to be arrested this offseason, following the arrest of safety Amari Spievey last month. The fourth-year veteran Amari Spievey was charged with third-degree assault, risk of injury to a child and disorderly conduct following an altercation with his live-in girlfriend over child support payments.
Last offseason, the Detroit Lions released two of their four players after frequent run-ins with the law. Offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath and Aaron Berry were released by the Detroit Lions last July after Culbreath was arrested on possession of marijuana, while Berry was arrested for a DUI followed by and three counts of simple assault for allegedly brandishing a firearm a month later. Running back Mikel Leshoure and defensive tackle Nick Fairley were also arrested twice on separate counts of marijuana possession and DUI last offseason, but still remained with the team through the regular season.
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