NFL Player Drives His Camaro Into Lake Erie, Charged With OVI
Put-in-Bay, Ohio, police made an unexpected fishing trip after NFL player Jermiah Lamont Braswell drove his Chevrolet Camaro into Lake Erie. The incident happened on Friday, June 26, around 6:30 p.m., according to 13abc WTVG TV, when Braswell drove his orange Camaro from an embankment, and landed on the shore of the lake below. Fortunately, no one was injured, although photos of the accident scene taken by the police show damaged outdoor furniture.
The Camaro was traveling at high speed before sneaking over a grassy area and landing in the lake. The car deviated from the road, descended the shore, and then flew into the water off South Bass Island. When the police arrived, they waded through the water to find Braswell still in the driver’s seat, trying to move on.
Police noticed his troubled speech when asked how he ended up in the lake, but Braswell could not explain how he ended up there. Instead, he told the police that he was “stuck”. Police photos show the Camaro sitting on the shore with the front wheels in the water. The rear bumper is partially detached and a muffler is completely torn from the car. It appears that the airbag is also deployed.
Police arrested Braswell, an undrafted recruit with the Arizona Cardinals after a breath test revealed that he had exceeded the legal Ohio alcohol limit. Braswell was the only passenger in the vehicle and he faces a charge of operating a drunk vehicle (OVI). While Braswell was away from his team, he graduated from Central Catholic in Toledo, Ohio.
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Put-in-Bay, Ohio is a regional summer tourist destination, and it is usually crowded once the waters start to warm, so we are happy to hear that no spectators were injured. Braswell’s charge of OVI could result in prison terms, fines, license suspension and other consequences if it is his first offense.