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Arizona Cardinals cut wide receiver following DWI arrest

Following a DWI arrest which saw him crash into Lake Erie, the Arizona Cardinals released wide receiver Jermiah Braswell. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle was first to report the news.

According to Toledo, Ohio, CBS-affiliated television station WTOL 11, an orange Chevy Camaro drove off the embankment and came to rest in the lake, the Put-in-Bay (Ohio) Police Department gathered from witnesses on the scene.

Authorities received a call regarding the incident at about 6:30 p.m. ET, with Braswell going at an apparent high speed when he drove his car off the road. Braswell was alonge, went off the road and into a grassy area, flying off the edge and into the lake, per police records.

Officers approached Braswell, who remained in the driver’s seat and was still trying to drive the vehicle. Police said that he was stuck and did not have recollection of how his car ended up there.

Braswell had a slurred speech and an inability to explain how he landed his car in the lake. Upon sobriety tests, Braswell was arrested for driving under the influence.

Braswell’s breathalyzer test resulted in a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) beyond the state of Ohio’s legal limit. He did not agree to a chemical test that would verify his BAC.

The Cardinals signed Braswell as an undrafted free agent April 27. A four-year letterwinner at the FCS level with Youngstown State, Braswell registered a career-best season for the Penguins in 2019.

As a senior, Braswell caught 24 passes for 515 yards (21.5 average) and seven touchdowns — all career-high numbers — while starting in all 10 games. YSU went 6-6 overall and 2-6 against conference play in 2019.

In his career, he recorded 51 receptions for 986 yards (19.3 average) and 11 touchdowns in 40 games from 2015-19. Braswell started four of the eight games he played as a fourth-year junior in 2018, making 20 catches for 16.3 average) and two touchdowns.

As a third-year sophomore in 2017, Braswell caught three passes for 73 yards (24.3 average) and one touchdown through 10 games. His redshirt-freshman season in 2016 saw him record four receptions for 73 yards (18.3 average) and one touchdown through 12 games.

Braswell’s first career score came in the 2016 FCS National Championship Game against James Madison. Youngstown State lost 28-14 to the Dukes, but Braswell was a bright spot with his seven-yard touchdown catch, a score in the fourth quarter.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Braswell redshirted as a freshman in 2015. He joined the Penguins as a second-team Division III Northwest All-District pick at wide receiver from Toledo Central Catholic.

A two-way star, Braswell played wide receiver and cornerback for the Fighting Irish. He helped lead Toledo Central Catholic to a 56-52 win over The Plains (Ohio) Athens and quarterback Joe Burrow — the eventual Ohio State (2015-17) and LSU (2018-19) quarterback, 2019 Heisman Trophy winner and 2020 NFL Draft’s No. 1 overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals — in the Division III State Championship Game.

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