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Sunday, June 4, 2006
Bengals' Henry arrested for third time since December

By Len Pasquarelli
ESPN.com

The troubled offseason of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry has continued, with the one-year veteran arrested early Saturday and charged with speeding and operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI), the Ohio State Highway Patrol has confirmed.

Chris Henry
Henry

The arrest is the third since December for Henry, who was already facing possible league sanctions under the terms of the NFL personal conduct policy. Henry is also the second Bengals player arrested this week. Rookie linebacker A.J. Nicholson, a fifth-round selection in the April draft, was charged Saturday with burglarizing the apartment of a former Florida State teammate.

Sgt. Kevin Long of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Henry was stopped on Interstate 275, on the east side of Cincinnati, at 1:18 a.m., after being clocked driving 82 mph in a 65 mph zone. Because officers detected the odor of alcohol, a field sobriety test was conducted, and Henry was subsequently transported to the Milford, Ohio police station.

Long said that Henry registered a .092 reading on the blood-alcohol test. The legal limit in Ohio is .08.

"Mr. Henry agreed to the test and he was polite, courteous and cooperative the entire time," Long said, citing the police report. "He was issued a traffic citation and he [eventually] left with a friend. There was no bail involved and he was issued a court date."

Henry is scheduled for a Friday appearance in Clermont County Municipal Court. The speeding charge, Long said, is a minor misdemeanor. The OVI charge is a first-degree misdemeanor. Any fines or further sanctions resulting from the incident will be determined by the court.

Citing club policy, Bengals public relations director Jack Brennan on Sunday afternoon declined comment on the Henry arrest.

Henry, 23, faces a felony gun charge in Florida stemming from a Jan. 29 incident in which he allegedly possessed a firearm outside an Orlando nightclub. Henry is charged with possession of a concealed firearm in that incident, a third-degree felony in Florida, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Two other charges from that incident, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and improper exhibition of a weapon, were dropped.

Last week, Henry's trial date on the concealed weapon charge was delayed until late August. The trial was originally to have started last Tuesday. A pretrial hearing will be convened Aug. 8.

In December, the former West Virginia University standout was arrested in Covington, Ky., and charged with possession of marijuana. Henry pled guilty to the charge to avoid jail time, paid a fine of $250 and agreed to spend 28 days in a drug rehabilitation program, a stipulation which he has already completed.

A third-round choice in the 2005 draft, and the 83rd player selected overall, Henry signed a five-year, $2.79 million contract that included a signing bonus of $865,000. He quickly earned a spot as Cincinnati's No. 3 wide receiver, behind starters Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, a key role in an offense that often relies on spread-type formations.

Henry appeared in 14 games, starting five, and had 31 receptions for 422 yards and six touchdowns.

Under the NFL personal conduct policy, he could be subject to a fine, a suspension, or both.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.