Unrecruited Cardinal Rookie Arrested After Allegedly Driving a Car to Lake Erie

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A new member of the Arizona Cardinals ran into trouble with the law this weekend, as one of his undrafted free agents allegedly drove his car to Lake Erie while intoxicated. According to WFMJ, former Youngstown State receiver Jeremiah Braswell was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, as a breath test showed his blood alcohol levels were above the legal limit.

According to a statement, Put-in-Bay police responded to a call around 6:30 p.m. Saturday about a car that drove to Lake Erie. Police say an orange Camaro was off the embankment and in the water when they arrived, and that no passerby was injured during the incident. Witnesses also told officers that the driver was still in the car trying to drive him while he was in the water. When officers approached Braswell, he allegedly told officers that he was trapped and did not know what had happened.

Police said Braswell’s speech was slow and that they could not explain how his vehicle had ended up in the water. He then underwent sobriety tests in the field and was placed under arrest. Braswell played as a wide receiver for Youngstown State between 2015 and 2019. According to the Youngstown State official website, Braswell recorded 51 receptions for 986 yards and 11 touchdowns in 40 career games. He finished his collegiate career on a positive note as he caught 24 passes, his career high, for 515 yards and seven touchdowns.

After not being selected earlier this offseason, Braswell announced on Twitter that he had signed with the Cardinals organization. According to 12News, Braswell’s claim to fame is that he helped Central Catholic High School win an Ohio state championship during his senior year, and selected future No. 1 overall Joe Burrow during the game.