Report: OSU RB Dunn Cited, Not Arrested
By Brandon Castel
Photo by Jim Davidson
COLUMBUS, Ohio — According to a report by The Canton Repository, Ohio State running back Bri’onte Dunn was cited by the Alliance Police Department over the weekend, but not arrested.
Dunn, a freshman tailback with the Buckeyes, was stopped for not wearing his seatbelt while driving in Alliance, Ohio, a town northeast of Canton, where he was an all-state running back for GlenOak High School.
The police allegedly found drug paraphernalia in the vehicle—which was reportedly a marijuana pipe—but did not determine whether it belonged to Dunn or the other passenger he was riding with. The police did cite the OSU freshman for a seat belt violation, along with possession of drug paraphernalia—both misdemeanors offenses in the state of Ohio.
He was not arrested, according to The Repository , as numerous online reports had indicated early Sunday evening. ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland was the first to report that Dunn had allegedly been arrested over the weekend.
The radio station cited two separate “law enforcement” sources who confirmed the arrest, but it appears Dunn was not taken to jail, which would be consistent with the lack of a police report on the Alliance Police Department website.
Ohio State sports information director Jerry Emig could not confirm the incident when reached for comment Sunday evening.
The 6-1, 214-pound back rushed for over 4,000 yards the last two seasons at Canton GlenOak. He signed with OSU head coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes this offseason and enrolled in time for spring practice in Columbus.
With the injury to senior tailback Jordan Hall, Dunn was expected to compete for carries behind Carlos Hyde with sophomore Rod Smith and fellow freshman Warren Ball. While he apparently wasn’t arrested, the citation probably will not go over well with his new coach.
We will continue to monitor the situation as more details become available.
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