Browns DE Armonty Bryant charged with DUI less than one week after being drafted
Less than a week after the Browns drafted defensive end Armonty Bryant, his history of off-the-field trouble continued to grow. Bryant was arrested Friday morning in Ada, Okla., and charged with driving under the influence, according to a police report obtained today by the Beacon Journal. He faces a misdemeanor DUI charge and is scheduled to be arraigned at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Pontotoc County District Court. The Ada News first reported the arrest today. “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. "We will not have any further comment.” After pulling Bryant over, officer Kylor Pool administered a standard field sobriety test but had problems getting Bryant to comply with a preliminary breath test by properly blowing into a breathalyzer, according to the police report. In the report, Pool wrote that he attempted the test at least 10 times, and it eventually yielded a result of 0.098. Oklahoma’s legal limit for intoxication is 0.08. Pool then arrested Bryant and tried to get him to submit to the state’s breath test. Bryant repeatedly refused to adequately blow into the 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. A passenger in the vehicle with Bryant, Ashley Robison, was arrested and charged with public intoxication. Bryant posted $500 bail and was released from the Pontotoc County Justice Center at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
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