Browns’ Armonty Bryant, De’Ante Saunders plead not guilty in Christmas Day traffic stop

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Armonty Bryant and De'Ante Saunders (Photo Credit: Fox 8 News)

Armonty Bryant and De'Ante Saunders (Photo Credit: Fox 8 News)

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Two Browns players who were indicted on felony charges after a Christmas Day traffic stop appeared in court this morning.

Armonty Bryant was indicted on two counts of drug possession; De'Ante Saunders was indicted for improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

Both pleaded not guilty and were issued $2,500 bond.

Saunders, who was on the Browns practice squad at the time, and Bryant, who was a passenger in Saunders' car, were stopped on I-71 southbound in Brook Park at about 2:15 a.m. Christmas Day.

The State Highway Patrol says Saunders was cited for driving under the influence as well as driving 75 in a 65 mile an hour zone. He refused a blood alcohol test at the scene and was arrested. Authorities said a gun was confiscated from Saunders' car as well.

An attorney for Saunders submitted a not guilty plea in court back on December 28 on his behalf.

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