NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio – Browns offensive lineman Alvin Bailey was arrested on several charges including drug abuse and operating a vehicle under the influence of liquor early Monday, and he told police he started drinking alcohol on the team plane ride back from Miami Sunday evening.
North Royalton police said an officer clocked Bailey driving 50 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour zone on W. 130th Street near Valley Parkway just before 1 a.m. Monday.
According to a police incident report, Bailey pulled his pickup truck into the Metroparks Paw Paw picnic area, where he parked diagonally across two spaces and got out to work on his truck’s lift kit suspension system.
According to the report, Bailey appeared not to notice the police officer and cruiser with flashing lights because he “ignored commands” to return to his truck, appeared surprised when he finally saw the officer and stated, “I didn’t see you.”
The report states Bailey, who lives in North Royalton, slurred his words and “his eyes appeared to be bloodshot and glassy.”
Officers found marijuana inside the truck along with flakes and residue in several containers including a lock box, according to the report.
Police said Bailey failed several field sobriety tests and registered a blood alcohol level of .147, nearly twice the legal limit of .08.
According to the report, Bailey told officers he “consumed several whiskey drinks on the plane ride home from the game in Miami.”
After the plane landed around 8:45 p.m., Bailey said he continued drinking for several hours at the Strongsville Panini’s before leaving to go home.
It is against team and league rules for players to drink alcohol on the team plane and it is subject to discipline. The Browns made the NFL aware of the incident, and Bailey will be subject to the personal conduct policy.
The Browns organization did not yet address specific questions from Fox 8 News about how alcohol would be obtained on the team flight.
The only comment from the team came on Monday, when Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown released a 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.”
In addition to operating a vehicle under the influence, Bailey is charged with a speed violation, drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to comply with police.
He is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Thursday.
A representative of the NFL did not yet respond to a request for comment, and it was unclear if Bailey would play in Sunday’s game.