Ex-Raven arrested after crash

Jermaine Lewis charged with drunken driving in weekend accident in Glen Burnie

December 15, 2005|By ANNIE LINSKEY | ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER

A former Baltimore Ravens player faces drunken driving charges after a weekend accident in Glen Burnie, according to Anne Arundel County police.

Jermaine Lewis, 31, of Largo, a wide receiver and return specialist who ran back a kickoff for a touchdown in the Ravens' Super Bowl win in 2001, was arrested about 2 p.m. Saturday outside Marley Station Mall.

Lewis was driving south on Ritchie Highway near the mall when traffic slowed and his rented Dodge Durango struck a Toyota Camry in front of him, according to police charging documents filed with the Anne Arundel County District Court.

Court records show he is charged with driving under the influence; driving while impaired with alcohol; driving a rental car in violation of the rental agreement; and failure to control vehicle speed on a highway to avoid collision. The charges together carry maximum penalties of more than a year in jail and $2,000 in fines.

Lewis did not return phone calls to his home yesterday.

Lt. David Waltemeyer, a county police spokesman, said police were contacted after Lewis and Charles W. Corbin, the Toyota's driver, pulled their vehicles into the mall parking lot.

Upon arrival, Officer Kevin Hill "detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage" on Lewis' breath, according to the charging documents. In the documents, the officer described Lewis' eyes as "bloodshot and glassy," said his speech was slurred and his clothing was "in disarray." Lewis refused medical treatment at the scene, according to charging documents.

Hill asked Lewis to follow the tip of a pen with his eyes in a field sobriety test, according to Waltemeyer, and Lewis performed poorly.

Next, Lewis was asked to walk nine steps, turn around and walk back, Waltemeyer said. Lewis attempted the test twice and was unable to keep his balance, according to charging documents. Rather than making a third attempt, Lewis said: "I'm not doing this, I want a lawyer," according to the documents.

Hill then arrested Lewis and took him to the county's northern police district, where Lewis declined to take a Breathalyzer test, Waltemeyer said. His driver's license may be suspended for up to 120 days for refusing this test if it is his first time refusing it, said William M. Katcef an assistant state's attorney.

Lewis was held at the police station for several hours and then taken before a District Court commissioner in Glen Burnie, Waltemeyer said. He was released on his own recognizance at 2:26 a.m. Sunday, according to court documents.

Corbin, 45, of Waldorf and his passenger, Charles W. Corbin Sr., were treated for minor injuries at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Waltemeyer said. Both men were released from the hospital the same day, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Lewis was drafted in the fifth round by the Ravens from the University of Maryland in 1996. He played for the team through 2001, said Chad Steele, a Ravens spokesman. Lewis then played two seasons for the NFL's Houston Texans and one season, 2004, for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was hampered by injuries.

Steele declined to comment on Lewis' arrest, saying: "It's an unfortunate situation for Jermaine; he was a big part of our team."

annie.linskey@baltsun.com

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