Ravens' Sams charged with DUI after arrest just north of city

August 16, 2005|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

Ravens return specialist B.J. Sams was arrested and charged with drunken driving early yesterday morning.

Sams was stopped shortly after 2 a.m. on northbound Interstate 83 in Baltimore County, just north of the Baltimore City line, after his Chevrolet Tahoe was clocked going 89 mph in a 55 mph zone, Maryland State Police said.

The trooper saw signs that Sams had been drinking, and after further investigation, Sams was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, negligent driving and speeding.

The Ravens were unaware of the arrest.

"We will gather more information and we may have more to say after we talk to B.J.," team spokesman Kevin Byrne said.

A female companion, who had not been drinking, drove Sams from the nearby state police barracks after he was released around 4 a.m.

Police would not specify whether Sams took a Breathalyzer test, which measures blood-alcohol level.

Sams, 24, made the Ravens as an undrafted rookie last season, when he set the single-season franchise record with 1,826 combined return yards. He scored three touchdowns, running back punts for scores in consecutive weeks in October.

After injuring his hamstring early in training camp, Sams returned to practice last week but did not play in Saturday's preseason opener in Atlanta. He was at team meetings yesterday.

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