- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Kwame Brown, dubbed by some in the Washington Wizards’ front office as the key to any success the team hopes to achieve, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after his car was stopped not far from his hometown in Brunswick, Ga., over the weekend.

According to a police report filed by Glynn County police officer Robert Sasser, the 6-foot-11 power forward was stopped around 3a.m. Friday when his car was spotted swerving recklessly. Brown’s blood-alcohol content was almost twice the legal limit, the report said, and he smelled of alcohol and appeared unsteady on his feet during a roadside sobriety test.

Brown, 21, was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence, having an open container of alcohol and failure to maintain a lane of travel, according to the report. He was released from the Glynn County Detention Center on a $925 bond pending a court date.

Brown, selected by the Wizards out of Glynn Academy with the No.1 pick in 2001, was unavailable for comment.

However, president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld has spoken with Brown.

“He and his representative are handling the situation. We will have no further comment until the matter is resolved,” Grunfeld was reported saying.

NBA spokesman Mark Broussard said the league will not decide if Brown will be penalized “until it goes through the court system.” Last summer NBA players Stephon Marbury and Derrick Coleman served one-game suspensions after pleading no contest to DUI.

According to the report, Brown tested positive when given a field alcohol sensor test. He then went to the jail for an Intoxilyzer test, which showed that he had a blood-alcohol content of .15 percent. The legal limit in Georgia is .08 percent.

This is not the enigmatic player’s first brush with the law. In April 2002, Brown was charged with speeding after being clocked driving 120mph in a 60mph construction zone.

Brown, who will earn $4.25million this season, is the third player on the team to be arrested this summer. Guard Jerry Stackhouse was charged with misdemeanor assault in North Carolina but later had those charges dropped. Point guard Gilbert Arenas — recently signed to six-year, $64million contract — was arrested on a misdemeanor gun possession charge in San Francisco in June. He has pleaded not guilty.

In other news, a league source said the Wizards will announce today that they have come to terms with small forward Jarvis Hayes, selected with the 11th pick in the draft earlier this summer.

Terms were not disclosed, however Hayes is eligible for a three-year guaranteed contract worth approximately $5.7million. The team holds the option for the fourth year.

The 6-7 Hayes did the team a favor in delaying his signing until later in the summer so that the Wizards would have more money available to pursue free agent Arenas.

Hayes left the University of Georgia following his junior season where he averaged 18.3 points.

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