- Ada, Oklahoma

May 14, 2013

Bryant pleads no contest in DUI case

Art Lawler Staff Writer

Ada —

Former East Central defensive end Armonty Bryant pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol early morning hours of May 3. He was given a one-year deferred sentence Tuesday by Pontotoc County Special District Judge Steven Kessinger.

 Bryant must pay $1,136 in fines and court costs. He has, with the court’s help, set up a payment plan to pay the fines. He is also required to listen to a victim-impact panel and attend a substance-abuse evaluation within 180 days.

 Officials with the district attorney’s office said it is not typical for recommendations to be made in first-offense DUI misdemeanor cases. However, the DA spokesperson said the punishment is in line with the usual punishment for such cases.

  With that problem on the backburner for now, Bryant is free to join his new teammates — the Cleveland Browns — in Ohio for the start of his first professional mini-camp Thursday.

 So far, officials with the Cleveland Browns have declined comment on the legal problems of the team’s recently drafted defensive end.

 According to police reports, Bryant repeatedly refused to properly blow into a Breathalyzer when he was arrested. The test eventually yielded a result of 0.098. Oklahoma’s legal limit for intoxication is 0.08.