Initially hit with four misdemeanor charges, including two drug-related, following a traffic stop over the weekend, Ohio State running back Bri’onte Dunn will instead be looking at much lighter charges.
Cantonrep.com reports that after a police investigation of the incident, Dunn will only face a charge of disorderly conduct, a seat belt violation and a tail light violation. He previously faced possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.
Below is a statement from Alliance City Law Director Andrew Zumbar:
“Based upon the content of all the evidence reviewed, I made the decision to authorize the minor misdemeanor disorderly conduct instead of the drug possession because throughout the entire (traffic) stop Bri’onte Dunn is consistent and denies the paraphernalia and the small amount marijuana are his. The paraphernalia was not found on him.”
The review of the incident included police reports, supplemental narratives from other officers, witness statements and a 30-minute police video. The initial report of the incident states Dunn, who was driving a car registered in his mother’s name and carrying a female passenger, was pulled over by police when he almost ran a blinking red light, nearly striking a patrol car. When stopped, police found a marijuana pipe and less than 200 grams of pot.
However, Dunn’s mother arrived at the scene and said the marijuana was already present in the vehicle before Dunn used the car.
Dunn’s short-term fate with Ohio State is still TBD, but having the drug charges dropped was huge for him.