WPXI, a station in Philadelphia has released part of the criminal complaint for Wednesday’s arrest of Steelers runningbacks Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount. The two were arrested and charged with DUI shortly before they appeared in their preseason game against the Eagles.
According to the complaint, a police officer riding a motorcycle stopped next to the black Camaro and smelled a strong odor of marijuana and pulled them over.
Bell immediately asked why I pulled him over. I explained to him that I detected a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle. Bell told me that he did not have any marijuana in the vehicle. Bell’s eyes were red and glassy and his pupils were dilated. I asked him if he, or any of his passengers smoked marijuana today and he replied, “It was about a minute ago.” I asked him if he could define what he meant by that and he replied “We smoked within the last two hours.”
More officers arrived with a K-9 unit and as an officer notified Bell that they were going to have the dog search the car, he confessed there was a bag of weed in the glove compartment. Twenty grams worth, actually.
I informed Bell that because he was smoking marijuana, he could not operate a vehicle and could possibly be DUI. Bell replied, “I didn’t know that you could get a DUI for being high. I smoked two hours ago. I am not high anymore. I am perfectly fine. Why would I be getting high if I had to get on a plane to make it to my game?” I asked him what game he was going to and he replied, “I have to be on my plane at three to be in Philadelphia, I play for the Steelers.”
I administered field sobriety tests to Bell. Based on my observations of Bell, I believed that he was not able to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Police report that Blount, Bell and a 21-year-old woman were “polite and cooperative.”
Bell’s processioning took longer because of the DUI and he missed the team flight to Philadelphia and had to find pay his own way there. Coach Mike Tomlin had each of them get all 16 carries that game and he later told reporters that was deliberate saying, “didn’t consider it a punishment to send them home. I’d rather have them play more.”