Buffalo, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Authorities have filed several charges against Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus after he was involved in a car accident stemming from an alleged drag race.
Dareus was charged with reckless endangerment in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor, as well as reckless driving and participating in an illegal speed contest, both unclassified misdemeanors.
The defensive tackle appeared Monday in Hamburg Town Court and was released on his own recognizance. He is due back in court June 17, the first day of Bills’ mandatory minicamp.
After the incident, the Bills announced that the team and Dareus have reached a mutual decision for him not to participate in the remainder of OTAs.
According to a statement released by Hamburg police, Dareus was driving a white 2012 Jaguar that was “possibly racing” with a black Camaro or Mustang around 3:16 p.m. Friday.
An officer arriving on the scene found Dareus’ car crashed into a tree in front of a restaurant. Police are investigating the identity of the driver of the other car.
The alleged drag race and crash took place less than five minutes from the Bills’ practice facility and about three hours after their Friday organized team activity concluded.
Dareus also faces charges in Cleburne County, Alabama, following a May 5 arrest. He is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. No court date has been set for those charges.
The third overall pick in 2011, Dareus addressed his May arrest last week, saying that he isn’t “a trouble guy” and “things happen.”