Terps' Brown cleared of charges

Terps' Brown cleared of charges
July 30, 2013, 1:00 am
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Maryland running Wes Brown has been cleared of all charges related to an accusation of assaulting a police officer, according to the Twitter feed for the Prince George's County attorney general's office.

The incident stemmed from an officer questioning Brown about a shooting. The Associated Press reported that after reviewing evidence, prosecutors decided to dismiss the case rather than go through with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday. 

On July 3, police located Brown near the College Park campus. Brown then reportedly assaulted a police officer before fleeing, but not before using someone else's cell phone to record the conversation without the officers knowledge, leading to a wiretapping charge.

However, as the AP reports, "the conversation was never actually recorded and that the phone wasn't stolen since Brown had given the owner collateral." Therefore, the prosecutors believe Brown was resisting an unlawful arrest, as he is permitted to do, instead of illegally assaulting an officer."

"There's nowhere to go with this at this point. We don't believe after screening ... that any crimes were committed. We're not going with charges," said John Erzen, a spokesman for the state's attorney's office.

Last season as a freshman, Brown finished second on the Terps with 382 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The rising sophomore is listed as a co-starter on Maryland's running back depth chart along with Brandon Ross and Albert Reid.