DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Browns player Alvin Bailey appeared in North Royalton Mayor's Court on Thursday on a drunken driving charge.
He pleaded no contest. He was given a $750 fine, six points on his drivers license and he now has to complete a driver intervention program.
After the incident, the Browns released the following statement:
We are aware of the incident and have spoken to Alvin to express our displeasure and extreme disappointment. This is a matter that must be taken very seriously and we will comment further at the appropriate time.
According to a North Royalton police report, an officer saw Bailey, a city resident, speeding northbound on West 130th Street in his lifted pick-up truck. The vehicle then turned onto Valley Parkway and into the Paw Paw Picnic Area just off of West 130th.
An officer allegedly saw Bailey exiting the vehicle and reportedly ignored commands to go back inside, with Bailey instead bending down under the tailgate. Bailey then stood up, seeming surprised at the officer's presence, according to the report. He stated he stopped due to a vehicle warning of high air pressure and was releasing air.
Bailey reportedly told officers he was driving home after spending several hours at a Pearl Road business in Strongsville. He said he went there after arriving back in Cleveland from Miami, where the Browns had played the previous afternoon. Bailey reportedly admitted to drinking while at the business and consuming several whiskeys on the plane from Miami before that.
He was arrested for OVI after performing poorly on sobriety tests and testing over the legal limit on a portable breath test.
During a search of the vehicle, officers say they saw green flakes believed to be marijuana inside the center console, including in an unlocked lock box. Bailey was cited for failure to comply, drug abuse, drug paraphernalia, speed and unsafe vehicle (cracked windshield).
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