Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and received a one-year deferred sentence Tuesday in Pontotoc County District Court in Ada, Okla., according to the court clerk’s office.
Bryant owes $1,136 in fines and court costs, and he has set up payment arrangements. He also must listen to a victim-impact panel and attend a substance-abuse evaluation within 180 days.
Bryant and his attorney, Frank Stout, appeared before Special Judge Steven Kessinger on Tuesday afternoon.
Bryant was arrested at 3:46 a.m. Friday in Ada and charged with DUI. Bryant repeatedly refused to properly blow into a Breathalyzer before the test eventually yielded a result of 0.098, according to the police report. Oklahoma’s legal limit for intoxication is 0.08.
Bryant, 22, also repeatedly refused to adequately blow into an Intoxilyzer, though two deficient samples read 0.10 and 0.09, according to the report. He also verbally declined the state’s blood test.
Bryant’s most recent arrest came less than a week after the Browns picked him in the seventh round (No. 217 overall) of the NFL Draft out of East Central University, a Division II school in Ada. Bryant was suspended for three games and charged in October with selling $20 of marijuana twice to an undercover officer, both times in a campus parking lot. He was charged with a felony because the transactions came within 2,000 feet of a school, police said.
Bryant is scheduled to report to rookie minicamp Thursday at the Browns’ headquarters in Berea. The minicamp will run Friday through Sunday.
Browns Backers in Akron
Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will be the featured speaker and linebacker D’Qwell Jackson will be on hand to accept the Dino Lucarelli Good Guy Award at the 34th annual Akron Browns Backers banquet May 20 at Tangier restaurant.
In his first season with the Browns and 29th in the NFL, Turner has coached the Washington Redskins (1994-2000), Oakland Raiders (2004-05) and San Diego Chargers (2007-12).
Also honored will be Dave Robinson, a longtime Akron resident who is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013, and Clarence Scott, inducted into the Browns Legends in 2012.
The Cleveland chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America will honor Jackson and Phil Dawson, who won the 2012 player of the year award. Dawson signed with the San Francisco 49ers in free agency and will be unable to attend.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:30 p.m. at Tangier, 532 W. Market St., Akron.
Tickets are $50. Corporate tables are $1,000, which includes a VIP cocktail party.
Proceeds go to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and the Wounded Warriors Project.
For tickets, call Jim Iona at 330-630-2311 or Wally Wieclaw at 330-773-9297.