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Browns DE Marcus Benard charged with driving under suspension, reckless operation

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 11, 2011
In this Aug. 25, 2011, photo, Cleveland Browns linebacker Marcus Benard waits for the Browns' preseason NFL football game with Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. Benard broke his arm in a motorcycle accident shortly after leaving the team's first practice Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, following their bye week. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Browns defensive end Marcus Benard has been charged with driving under a suspended license and reckless operation, Brooklyn Police Sgt. Scott Mielke said this morning. Benard is scheduled to appear in Parma Municipal Court at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 18th.

Benard lost control of his motorcycle and hit a guardrail Monday afternoon while traveling north on Interstate 71 near West 65th Street in Brooklyn, Mielke said. Benard was wearing a helmet when he was ejected about 241 feet, according to the police report.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident, which took place about two hours after the Browns wrapped up practice at their training facility in Berea. Mielke said police could not determine how fast Benard's motorcycle was going.

Benard, 26, suffered a broken hand in the accident, a Browns spokesman said. Benard was in stable condition Monday night at Cleveland Clinic, the spokesman said.

Click here to read the story about the accident that appeared in today's paper.

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