No Drug Charges for Dunn

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Report: Dunn No Longer Facing Drug Charges

By Brandon Castel

Bri'onte Dunn
Photo by Jim Davidson
Brionte Dunn

The marijuana and drug paraphernalia was in the vehicle before Bri’onte Dunn ever got behind the wheel. 

At least that is what Dunn’s mother, Donna Hatcher, told police when she arrived on the scene of her son’s traffic stop in Alliance, Ohio over the weekend.

According to a report in The Canton Repository, Dunn was driving a 2001 Dodge Stratus that is registered to his mother when police stopped him for nearly striking a police cruiser after skidding through a blinking red light.

According to The Repository report, police found a “minute amount” of marijuana in the car as well as a marijuana pipe.

Initial reports said Dunn would be charged with drug possession, but that’s not what Alliance City Law Director Andrew Zumbar told The Repository on Tuesday.

“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,” Zumbar told The Repository.  

“The paraphernalia was not found on him.”

Zumbar also told The Repository that Dunn was “polite” during the entire stop, but the disorderly conduct charges could stem from the initial incident where he nearly struck a police vehicle.

Dunn will also face a seat belt violations charge as well as a tail light violation, but the absence of drug charges could help the freshman running back avoid a suspension from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.

Ohio State has not released any type of statement concerning Dunn to this point, but it is likely he will face some type of punishment from Meyer once the dust settles. Both Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort were suspended indefinitely over the summer for disorderly conduct charges in Dublin, Ohio.

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