Ravens' Sams arrested for DUI

Baltimore Ravens return specialist B.J. Sams was arrested for driving under the influence early Monday morning by a Maryland State Police trooper, according to police officials at the Golden Ring Barracks in Essex.

Bradley Jamar Sams, 24, was arrested shortly after 2 a.m. on I-83 North south of Ruxton Road after being pulled over by Maryland State Police trooper Brett Canfield for driving his 2000 Chevy Tahoe 89 mph in a posted 55 mph zone, according to a police report.

"Trooper Canfield made observations of the driver that led him to believe that the man may be under the influence of alcoholic beverages," the Maryland State Police said in a statement. "After further investigation, the driver was identified as Bradley James Sams, 24, of Pikesville."

In addition to the DUI charge, Sams was charged with negligent driving and exceeding the posted speed limit. Sams was taken to the Golden Ring Barracks for processing and his female companion, who had not been drinking, was permitted to drive the vehicle to the barracks.

Police officials emphasized that Sams was cooperative and polite. After processing at the barracks and signing his citations, which is not an admission of guilt, Sams was released at 4 a.m. Monday morning and was driven from the barracks by his female companion.

Police officials added that a court date wasn't available, but that Sams would likely go to court within the next three months.

The Ravens are aware of Sams' arrest.

"We're trying to gather all the information and we will have a statement once we get the facts of the situation," team spokesman Chad Steele said.

If convicted of the misdemeanor charge, Sams could face a maximum sentence of a $500 fine or two months in prison. Because it's a first offense, it's unlikely that Sams would go to jail and more likely he would face a combination of fines, probation or a possible suspension of his driver's license.

Sams didn't play in the Ravens' 16-3 preseason loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night, but did attend the game.

In an interview Monday morning at the team hotel in Westminster before the arrest was disclosed, Sams said he didn't play by design as the Ravens are auditioning other return specialists, not because of a nagging hamstring injury.

Sams set a Ravens single-season franchise record with 1,826 combined return yards, including a franchise record 1,251 kickoff return yards. He registered the second-most punt return yards in franchise history with 575, including two punt returns for touchdowns.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound former McNeese State standout also played running back and wide receiver, rushing for one touchdown last year.

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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