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Browns Defensive Lineman Arrested After Plowing SUV Into Restaurant

Cleveland Browns defensive end Lonnie Phelps drove his SUV into a restaurant in Florida and was dealt a DUI for the infraction, according to police.

Those same police said he wasn't real cooperative after the fact.

Phelps, 23, was charged with drunken driving and damaging property at the Red Shoe Island Bistro — considered a high-end restaurant in Key West. Police said he refused a breath test.

A female passenger was reportedly in the vehicle and both appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, police said.

Fortunately, nobody was hurt, reported.

"Joseph Schroeder, the building's owner, estimated the damage at $300,000," the outlet wrote. "He told and The Plain Dealer that an outdoor lounge was closed Wednesday night. Had it been opened, he said, several people could have been seriously injured or killed. He said the front end of the SUV crashed into the restaurant after the vehicle drove over a sidewalk and missed a palm tree."

Phelps was limited to the practice squad last season and did not appear in a game for the Browns, who made a return to the playoffs.

"A spokesman for the Browns said the team is aware of the incident and is gathering more information," wrote. "He said the team had no further comment."

The outlet added the following details:

The police report said Phelps appeared agitated with officers throughout attempts to interview him. He turned away from them during a portion of an interview, saying he was afraid he would be shot.

"I asked Phelps where he was driving from (before the crash), and he said, 'Right in front of it.' I re-asked the question four times in different ways, and Phelps always said, 'Right in front of it.'"

Phelps also asked an officer what he had crashed into.