The Baltimore Ravens have released running back Bernard Pierce. According to reports, Pierce was arrested for DUI on Wednesday morning in Towson. Hours later, the Baltimore Ravens announced his release.
On March 18, ABC 2 News reported Pierce, 23, who was behind the wheel of a 2014 Ford Mustang, was arrested after celebrating the St. Patrick’s Day holiday in Towson, Maryland. The site claimed the Baltimore Ravens player was pulled over around 2 a.m. for a speed violation. According to Baltimore County Police, Pierce appeared to have been drinking and failed a field sobriety test after being caught driving 55 mph in a 30 mph zone.
Cheryl Conner, of ABC 2 News, shared a photo of the police report with fans on Twitter. The report, which was not seen in full, read as follows.
“Officer Kindervater asked the defendant if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages prior to operating his vehicle. The defendant slurred, ‘Yeah I had two.’ Officer Kindervater asked the defendant to step out of the vehicle to perform field sobriety tests. The defendant slurred, ‘Yeah sure officer.’ The defendant placed his right hand on the driver’s door and his left hand on the driver’s seat for support while exiting. Officer Kindervater asked defendant Pierce what kind of alcoholic beverages he consumed. Defendant Pierce slurred, ‘Three shots of Jack.'”
According to WBAL TV reporter Lowell Melser, the former Baltimore Ravens player told police on the ride to the station, “Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI? I’m getting cut tomorrow, not like you care.”
Police told ABC 2 News that Pierce was released from custody on Wednesday after being picked up as part of “a county policy for first time offenders.” Police also revealed the former Baltimore Ravens player was cooperative with authorities.
Prior to Pierce’s official release from the Baltimore Ravens, the team released the following statement.
“We’re aware of the situation and attempting to learn more. We take this matter seriously.”
Below is the former Baltimore Ravens running back’s mug shot.
— Ron Snyder (@SnyderABC2) March 18, 2015
The Baltimore Ravens also released two other players during this offseason for their off-the-field behavior. The first was Victor Hampton, who was also charged with DUI, and the second was Terrance Cody, who was accused of animal cruelty.
The Baltimore Ravens adopted a zero-tolerance policy for players following last year’s Ray Rice scandal.
At this point, the Baltimore Ravens aren’t without a running back. Last week, they signed a three-year deal with Justin Forsett. However, because of Pierce’s release, they may in the market for a backup.
[Photo via Twitter]