WESTLAKE, Ohio – Westlake Police, who arrested Cleveland Browns players Rashard Higgins and Jedrick Wills, told Higgins that “it would be pretty bad” if news of a joint that officers found in the SUV of Higgins was on the air, according to the dashcam video posted Wednesday. Watch it here.
Police cited Wills, 21, and Higgins, 26, for drag racing, a first-degree misdemeanor, early Tuesday morning. Lawyers for the two men pleaded not guilty on their behalf on Wednesday.
Higgins has not been charged with possession of marijuana. Officers threw the seal on the floor and told Higgins to step on it and dump the remains on a nearby sewer grate.
Westlake Police Captain Gerry Vogel said in an email the officer knew who the two players were, but treated them like anyone else.
“It is common practice to allow the offender to destroy a small amount of what could be marijuana instead of further investigating the case,” Vogel said. “There has been a tendency not to name people for this minor offense. “
The incident came less than two days after the Browns landed their first playoff appearance in 18 years. Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said on Wednesday he spoke to his players.
“We touched on it,” he said at a Zoom conference. “I approached it with the team. I will stop there.
The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on Crocker Road near Coventry Drive. Police reports provide few details of the incident, including how fast the two were driving.
Dashcam video shows an officer speeding down Crocker Road. The two SUVs – Higgins ‘Jeep Cherokee and Wills’ Dodge Durango – drove side by side on the two-lane highway.
Higgins parked on a side street and pulled over. The officer told Higgins his car smelled of marijuana and Higgins said he smoked the day before. The officer asked if Higgins had anything on him, and Higgins apparently said no.
The officer searched Higgins and found a joint in his pocket. Higgins told the officer he forgot he had it.
Officers spent about four minutes searching Higgins’ SUV and found nothing.
“I’ll be cool with you,” the officer told Higgins. “I’m not blocking you for the joint you had [you] The. Because that would be pretty bad for the press. You’re going to get the drag race ticket and that’s it.
Higgins said something to the officer, who replied, “You are better than that. You are celebrities here. You don’t want this to make headlines. “
Officers and Higgins told of how former Browns running back Williams Green was stabbed in 2003 in the same neighborhood.
The officer told Higgins that they had been spun by construction workers and said, “You have to use the head, okay?”
cleveland.com/The Plain Dealer reporter Mary Kay Cabot contributed to this report.
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