Police arrest Tarell BrownPosted: March 23, 2007
One day after trying out for NFL scouts, former Texas cornerback Tarell Brown was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana charge Thursday after a routine traffic stop in Williamson County.
Jamie Balagia, Brown’s attorney, said his client was riding in a car driven by Brown’s cousin. Balagia said police ran the cousin’s license and found an outstanding arrest warrant. The car was impounded and searched. Police discovered marijuana “residue,” Balagia said, and charged the cousin and Brown.
“We’re going to get him out (this morning) and go straight to take a drug test,” Balagia said.
The arrest report was not available Thursday night.
The marijuana charge is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.
Brown had similar legal problems last September, six days before Texas took on top-ranked Ohio State in football.
Brown then was riding in the backseat of a car driven by former Texas linebacker Aaron Harris. Travis County Sheriff’s deputies pulled over Harris for erratic driving. Harris passed field sobriety tests, but according to the arrest affidavit, admitted that he had been smoking marijuana. Harris had 0.7 grams of marijuana in his pocket, and deputies found 1.1 grams of pot under the front seat of the car.
Brown and teammate Tyrell Gatewood, another passenger in the car, were charged with marijuana possession, but the charges were dropped when both passed a drug test. Brown, however, still has a misdemeanor weapon charge pending in Travis County related to the arrest. The arrest affidavit, noting that Brown was asleep in the backseat, said that Brown had a loaded 9 mm handgun in his lap.
Balagia said the gun belonged to Gatewood, then Brown’s roommate, and has asked for the charge, a Class A misdemeanor, to be dropped.