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Published on June 20, 2024
Cleveland Browns' Lonnie Phelps Arrested on DUI Charges After Crashing into Key West RestaurantSource: Key West Police Department

KEY WEST, Fla. – Lonnie Phelps, a defensive end for the Cleveland Browns, has been arrested on a DUI charge after allegedly crashing into a Key West restaurant, authorities announced. The incident occurred Wednesday evening at the Red Shoe Island Bistro, resulting in significant damage to both the establishment and the vehicle involved, a Hyundai Tucson. Phelps, 23, was booked into Monroe County jail late Wednesday night, as per records shared online.

The arrest report, obtained by Local 10, indicates that Phelps, accompanied by a female passenger, appeared to be under the influence and was notably agitated and uncooperative with the responding officers. According to the report, Phelps acknowledged the crash but was reluctant to provide details, repeatedly stating, "he wants to pay for whatever damages he needs to pay for and be done with it." Key West Police Department's Facebook page shared that thankfully, due to the bistro being closed at the time, the crash resulted in no injuries.

Joseph Schroeder, who owns the Red Shoe Island Bistro, conveyed relief that the restaurant was not open during the crash. "If anybody was there, there would have been fatalities,” he asserted in an interview obtained by FOX 8 News. Schroeder is now in the process of assessing the full extent of the damage, particularly a compromised support beam, to determine whether the restaurant can continue to operate safely while repairs are made.

The incident adds to a complex picture for Phelps, who signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2023 and has not yet appeared in a regular-season game for the team. The Browns have issued a short statement saying they are aware of the incident and are currently gathering more information. Phelps remains in custody and is due for arraignment on July 2, according to jail records. He faces up to a year of imprisonment and a $1,000 fine if convicted on the first-degree misdemeanor DUI charge.

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