Dunn found not guilty of disorderly conduct

August, 17, 2012
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Ohio State freshman Bri'onte Dunn was found not guilty of the disorderly conduct charge filed against him after getting pulled over last month in Alliance, Ohio.

The running back still wound up with a couple minor traffic violations, but a case that originally appeared to be a violation of one coach Urban Meyer's core values due to the presence of marijuana in his car instead ended on Friday with nothing more serious than fines for not wearing his seat belt and improper illumination of a license plate.

Dunn was stopped by police on July 28 just before training camp was set to open for the Buckeyes, and a small amount of marijuana was found in his vehicle along with a pipe. He was initially cited for possession of both marijuana and paraphernalia, but those charges weren't supported by additional examination of the evidence -- including testimony from his mother, Donna Hatcher, who indicated those things were in the car before she loaned it to Dunn.

Dunn has faced no public discipline from Meyer relating to the incident, and he's drawn early praise for his work on offense this month as he competes for the No. 2 job in the Ohio State backfield.

"Bri’onte Dunn has really had a good, physical camp," Buckeyes assistant Stan Drayton said Friday. "With the ball in his hands, he’s really good."

Austin Ward | email

Ohio State/Big Ten reporter

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