Browns RB Green arrested for DUI

Updated: October 29, 2003, 12:28 PM ET

WESTLAKE, Ohio - Cleveland Browns running back William Green on Wednesday pleaded innocent to DUI, two days after he was arrested.

Green was arrested Monday night after being stopped while driving his Cadillac SUV erratically and with a flat tire. After he did not fail instructions for field sobriety tests, Green took a breathalyzer, which indicated a .165 blood-alcohol content.

The legal limit in Ohio was lowered from .10 to .08 in July and the maximum penalty for a first-time offense is six months in jail, a $1,000 fine plus $1,950 in penalty assessments and a six-month driver's license suspension.

The 23-year-old Green also was cited for a misdemeanor possession of marijuana and failing to travel within marked lanes.

"We have been made aware of the legal proceedings that are pending against William Green," Browns president Carmen Policy said in a statement released by the team on Wednesday. "Our team policy dictates that we handle all incidents involving our players within the organization on an individual basis."

Green has 559 yards and one touchdown on 142 carries for Cleveland (3-5). He sat out for the first time this season with a shoulder injury on Sunday, when the Browns lost at New England, 9-3. Selected with the 16th pick in the 2002 draft, Green carried 243 times for 887 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie.

The Browns have a bye this week and visit the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs on November 9.

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