The Richmond Register

Crime

April 1, 2014

Bengals player arrested in Madison County in alleged ‛road rage’ encounter

BEREA — A Cincinnati Bengals football player was arrested Monday night in Madison County after an alleged “road rage” incident along Interstate 75, according to Berea police.

Orson R. Charles, 23, was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, BPD spokesperson Sgt. Jake Reed said.

Berea police received a call at 7:28 p.m. from a person who said he’d been threatened with a gun while driving through the county.

“The complainant said a handgun had been pointed at him following some sort of ‛road rage’ incident,” Reed said.

The caller was able to provide a description of the gun along with the vehicle the alleged suspect was driving and its license plate.

Berea officers were able to locate the vehicle and stopped it near Exit 77. The vehicle was driven by Charles, and he consented to a search of it, Reed said.

Officers found a gun matching the description given by the caller. Charles was charged with felony wanton endangerment, which carries a possible sentence of one to five years in prison if he is convicted.

Reed said Charles gave no statement to the police after he was charged. He was taken to the Madison County Detention Center but released at 12:25 a.m. Tuesday on a $5,000 at 10 percent ($500) bond, according to a jail official.

Charles has played two seasons for the Bengals as a half-back. He attended the University of Georgia, and his hometown is Tampa.

Reed said the case has generated nationwide media attention including a call to the department from TMZ.com, a popular entertainment news website.

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