Twentyman: Cornerback Aaron Berry arrested for DUI

Posted Jun 26, 2012

Another Lions player is in trouble with law enforcement.

This time it’s cornerback Aaron Berry, who was arrested early Saturday morning in his home town of Harrisburg, Pa., on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, two counts of causing accidental damage to an unattended vehicle or property and two counts of failure to stop and give information to law enforcement.

According to WXYZ’s Tom Leyden, Berry was driving near the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel early Saturday morning when the car he was driving struck other parked vehicles. Berry allegedly exited his car and began to walk away from the scene. A witness followed him and called the police.

Berry was arrested at 4:45 a.m. and transported to the Harrisburg Police Department booking center.  

According to Leyden, Berry was not cooperative when asked for personal information during the booking process and also refused to submit to a breathalyzer test. Berry was issued a series of summonses for the charges and was released. He is awaiting arraignment.

“I want to offer a sincere apology to the Lions organization, Lions fans, the coaches and all my teammates for my actions this past weekend,” Berry said in a statement released on the Facebook page of Paradigm Sports Management, the company that represents him.

“This is not the example I want to set for young people and it’s certainly not what my team and coaches expect from me. I promise to do everything in my power to make sure this never happens again. I understand these are just words and it will be my future actions that ultimately will speak for me.”

The Lions released this statement on Tuesday:

“We are extremely disappointed in the reports involving Aaron Berry and the incident in Pennsylvania this past weekend,” the statement read.

“This is not the standard of behavior we expect from any member of our organization. We have strongly and repeatedly emphasized the need to be accountable on and off the field, which makes this incident with Aaron all the more disappointing. We will have further comments regarding this situation when appropriate.”

Berry is now the sixth run-in with law enforcement involving a Lions player this offseason. Offensive lineman Johnny Culbreath was arrested for possession of marijuana, running back Mikel Leshoure was cited twice for marijuana possession and defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested for marijuana possession and DUI.

Leshoure has been suspended two games by the NFL and docked another two game checks. Fairley is still waiting for the legal process to play out (he’s due in court July 31) before hearing of his possible suspension from commissioner Roger Goodell.

Berry has looked terrific this offseason and heads into training camp July 26 as the Lions’ likely starting cornerback opposite Chris Houston. He played in 11 games last season as the team's starting nickel cornerback and had 11 passes defended.

Berry's former teammate, LeSean McCoy, hosted a charity softball game this weekend in the Harrisburg/Lancaster, Pa., area to raise funds for the fight against ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

The event featured a number of NFL stars, including Michael Vick, Jason Avant, DeSean Jackson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jon Dorenbros, Dion Lewis, Jeremy Maclin, Trent Cole, Steve Breaston, Greg Little and Damien Berry.