Browns offensive lineman Alvin Bailey pleads no contest to drunken driving
NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio — Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Alvin Bailey Jr. pleaded no contest Thursday to drunken driving.
Bailey, 25, entered the plea Thursday in North Royalton Mayor’s Court. His driver’s license was suspended for six months but he’s allowed to apply for driving privileges for work.
As part of his sentence, Bailey will either spend three days in jail or take a three-day driver intervention course by February 2017. He paid an $840 fine after the hearing.
Prosecutors dismissed charges of possessing drugs and drug paraphernalia and failing to comply with a police officer’s orders as part of the plea agreement.
A message left for Bailey’s attorney, Kevin Spellacy, was also not immediately returned.
Bailey will be suspended for two games, per the league’s substance abuse policy. He has a three-year, $6 million contract with the Browns, with $1 million guaranteed.
Bailey told police that he drank alcohol on the Browns team plane on the way home from a 30-24 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Police stopped him about 1 a.m. Sept. 26 on West 130th Street in North Royalton. The arresting officer said Bailey was driving 50 mph in a 35-mph zone, according to a police report.
The officer followed Bailey’s truck, and Bailey turned into the Pawpaw Picnic Area of the Cleveland Metroparks. He parked across two parking spaces and got out of his truck.
The officer ordered Bailey back into his truck, but Bailey initially ignored the officer’s commands, the report says. Bailey walked to the back of his truck, then looked up at the officer and said, “What’s wrong?” according to police reports.
Bailey told the officer he didn’t see him and only pulled over to let the air out of his truck’s suspension system. Officers noted that Bailey’s eyes were glassy, his speech slurred and that he smelled of alcohol, the report says.
Bailey told police that he picked up food from Panini’s in Strongsville on his way home and had a few beers there, on top of drinking whiskey on the team plane, police reports say.
Bailey failed field sobriety tests and his is blood-alcohol content tested at .147 percent, nearly double the legal limit. It later tested at .145 percent at the police station.
Police searched Bailey’s car and reported finding marijuana. Bailey told police he was surprised that marijuana was in the car and said he does not smoke, according to police.
Bailey was benched for the game following his arrest. He has started four of the Browns eight games this season, including in last Sunday’s 31-28 loss to the New York Jets.
“It’s unfortunate that I let the team down, a distraction to my teammates and things like that,”Bailey said after his arrest.”So it’s a mistake that I made. I’ve got to own up to it, and hopefully we’ll be able to work past it.”
cleveland.com reporter Mary Kay Cabot contributed to this report.