CLEVELAND – Browns cornerback Leigh Bodden drove a sport utility vehicle in reverse down a one-way street outside an airport, became verbally abusive with police and was arrested, authorities said Wednesday.
Bodden, 25, refused to stop the vehicle when initially approached by an officer at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, said police Lt. Thomas Stacho. Bodden eventually pulled the vehicle to a curb, got out and walked toward an airport entrance, Stacho said.
"He [Bodden] indicated he was there to pick up his people, whoever his people are," Stacho said.
Bodden became verbally abusive with the officer, who called for police backup, Stacho said.
Responding officers instructed Bodden to place his hands on a wall, which he did, but the situation became tense when the football player began to resist officers trying to place handcuffs on him, Stacho said.
Bodden later complied with police and was taken to a city jail, where he remained Wednesday night. He was charged with aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors. He also faces traffic charges of failing to produce a driver's license and driving the wrong way on a one-way street, Stacho said.
A hearing in Cleveland Municipal Court was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Stacho said.
Browns spokesman Bill Bonsiewicz said the team was aware of the incident and was still gathering facts. The team opens the 2007 season Sunday at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Bodden was limited to nine starts last season because of ankle problems and had offseason ankle surgery. He signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2003, and the club signed him to a four-year contract extension in 2005.