Former Baltimore Ravens player Jermaine Lewis was recently arrested and charged with driving recklessly and resisting arrest, according to reports.
The Baltimore Sun reports that Lewis was followed by motorists after witnessing him swerving off the road before running over a volunteer fire fighter company sign with his 2006 white Dodge Charger on August 16. According to the report, Lewis was followed to his home on Pleasant Grove Road in northern Baltimore County, where police were then called. The Sun reports the police officer who arrived claims Lewis, 36, was in his living room “lying on the couch with his shorts half-way down to his knees.” According to the Sun, the officer said he could smell alcohol on Lewis’ breath and his eyes were glossy red. When he attempted to arrest him, the former player resisted, causing the officer to subdue him with a taser gun.
“I ain’t hurt no one,” police say Lewis shouted, according to the Sun. “I’m in my house.” Lewis was reported by police to have admitted hitting the sign.
The Sun reports Baltimore County police spokeswoman said Lewis wasn’t charged with any alcohol related offense because they could not prove he had consumed alcohol before he arrived home. Instead, he was charged with resisting arrest, driving on a suspended license, and failure to control speed to avoid a collision, along with other moving violations. He was later released on a $50,000 bond, according to reports.
Lewis was drafted by the Ravens in 1996, and played nine seasons in the NFL with three different teams, but his longest tenure was with the Ravens from ’96 to 2001.
He earned two trips to the NFL Pro Bowl with the Ravens; his most famous moment as a pro came when he returned a kickoff for a touchdown to seal the Ravens’ victory in Super Bowl XXXV.