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Tuesday, November 21, 2006
49ers wide receiver Antonio Bryant arrested for drunken driving

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Antonio Bryant was arrested on reckless and drunken driving charges after his orange Lamborghini was seen speeding faster than 100 mph on a freeway.

Bryant, 25, was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, driving under the influence and resisting arrest, police Capt. Kevin Raffaelli said.

An officer entering U.S. Highway 101 saw Bryant speed past and tried unsuccessfully to catch him, Raffaelli said. He radioed another officer who pulled over Bryant.

Bryant showed "signs and symptoms" of being drunk, and he was uncooperative, combative and verbally abusive, Raffaelli said. He refused to step out of the car, he said.

The officers were forced to use leather restraints to put Bryant in a seated position with his legs straight and his hands cuffed behind his back, Raffaelli said.

Bryant was booked into the San Mateo County jail early Monday morning and released a few hours later on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 28, according to San Mateo County sheriff's Lt. Lisa Williams.

Aaron Salkin, a spokesman for the 49ers, said the team was aware of the arrest, but declined to comment further.

The arrest came hours after the 49ers recorded their biggest win of the season, a 20-14 victory over the division-leading Seattle Seahawks.

Bryant signed a four-year, $15 million deal with 49ers in March.

Rumblings about Bryant's testy, prickly nature have followed the Miami native since his days at Pittsburgh, where he won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top college receiver.

He infamously blew up at Dallas Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells at a preseason practice in 2004, throwing a sweaty jersey at him during an argument. He took anger management classes and was traded to Cleveland a few months later.

Last year with the Browns, he set career highs of 69 catches for 1,009 yards.