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Dion Lewis Charged with Very Bad Judgment during Slow News Week

Jul 9, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

It's 4 a.m., you're drunk, and you're locked out of the hotel you're staying at: what do you do? Whatever you decide, don't pull the fire alarm -- it's a felony.

It’s
4 a.m., you’re drunk, and you’re locked out of the hotel you’re staying
at: what do you do? Whatever you decide, don’t pull the fire alarm –
it’s a felony.

That’s the plan Dion Lewis and his brother allegedly hatched
over the weekend, leading to the Eagles’ running back’s arrest on
charges of falsely reporting a fire. But hey, at least they had lodging
for the night. In a jail cell.

First reported by the Times-Union
(via PFT) in Albany, NY, where the two men were staying, the charges are
fairly serious. Deploying emergency services is expensive, and
potentially dangerous if they are diverted from a real situation. Waking/scaring
an entire building full of people could also qualify as disturbing the
peace, though it’s not one of the charges.

Still, it sounds like
the intent here was not malicious. Apparently Lewis did not have his guest key to let
himself inside the hotel, which locks after midnight, so he could not
access his quarters, creating in itself a set of unsafe circumstances.
There had to be a better way to handle things, but he’s certainly not
the first person to make a terrible decision while intoxicated.

The
report says there is an additional misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge. My guess is if he has an otherwise clean record, and is proactive
about putting the incident behind him, Lewis might be able to plea
down from the felony charges.

His brother, on the other hand, is currently being held without bail because he has prior felony convictions.

Dion
is currently pegged as the backup behind LeSean McCoy, but faces
competition from seventh-round pick Bryce Brown and undrafted rookie
free agent Chris Polk.