Report: Running Back Bernard Pierce Arrested For DUI


Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was arrested for a DUI early Wednesday morning, reports WBAL Radio.

Pierce was reportedly pulled over because he was driving 55 mph in a 30-mph zone on Dulaney Valley Road. He failed field sobriety tests, was arrested and processed at the Towson precinct and then released as a first-time offender, per WBAL.

"We are aware of the situation and learning more about it. We take these matters seriously," said a Ravens team spokesman.

It's the second Ravens player arrested for drinking and driving this offseason. Defensive back Victor Hampton was arrested in North Carolina and charged with a DWI on March 1. He was cut the next day. Terrence Cody was released by the team on the same day he was indicted by a grand jury for animal cruelty.

Pierce has been with the Ravens for three years. The former third-round pick (2012) showed great promise during his rookie season, helping Baltimore win Super Bowl XLVII. He averaged 4.9 yards per carry that season.

The last two seasons,* *Pierce's production has dropped off. He averaged 2.9 yards per rush in 2013, as he battled injuries and the entire run game struggled. Pierce had a chance to grab the starting job last year when Ray Rice was cut, but was beat out by Justin Forsett. In a backup role, and sometimes inactive behind rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, Pierce ran 93 times for 366 yards (3.9 yards per carry) and two touchdowns in 2014.

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