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Some good news for Ohio State freshman running back Bri'onte Dunn, who won't face drug charges following a Saturday night traffic stop in Alliance, Ohio.
The Canton Repository reports that Alliance City Law Director Andrew Zumbar will charge Dunn with disorderly conduct and a seat belt violation. Police found a minute amount of marijuana and a marijuana pipe in the car Dunn drove at the time of the stop. Dunn initially was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The car is registered to his mother.
From the Canton Repository:
"Based upon the content of all the evidence reviewed, I made the decision to authorize the minor misdemeanor disorderly conduct instead of the drug possession, because throughout the entire [traffic] stop Bri'onte Dunn is consistent and denies the paraphernalia and the small amount marijuana are his," Zumbar said. "The paraphernalia was not found on him."
There's also this detail:
The law director has the final determination on what charges to file. Dunn's mother, Donna, arrived at the scene of the traffic stop, Zumbar said, and said the minute amount or marijuana was present in the vehicle previous to Dunn using it.
A strange story, and it sounds like Dunn's mom played a big factor in the charges being changed. It'll be interesting to see if anything happens there. Needless to say, Dunn has to be breathing easier knowing no drug charges will be filed.
Ohio State had yet to comment on his situation. While some discipline is in order for the freshman, his situation would have been much worse with the drug charges.
Dunn is among the backs competing for the top job following the foot injury to projected starter Jordan Hall.