Broncos Tight End Carswell Arrested
ATLANTA (AP) _ Denver Broncos tight end Dwayne Carswell was arrested on charges that he picked up his girlfriend by the neck and was released Saturday night on $2,500 bail.
He was arrested Friday and charged with simple battery, domestic violence and obstruction of an officer, said Sgt. Nikita Hightower, a spokeswoman for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department.
Carswell was initially held without bail, but Associate Magistrate’s Judge Roy Roberts set bond after a brief hearing at the Fulton County Jail. Carswell was not asked to enter a plea, and a public defender was assigned to represent him for the hearing. A preliminary hearing was set for Tuesday.
A team spokesman did not immediately return calls.
A court complaint said the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Carswell picked up Nkeiruka Anyamone, 25, by the neck outside a bar early Friday. The complaint also said the woman was bitten on the right arm and later treated by medical personnel.
Roberts ordered Carswell to have no contact with Anyamone and to have a relative who lives in the Atlanta area co-sign his bond.
The 31-year-old player has faced similar trouble before.
In January 2002, a mistrial was declared in Pueblo County, Colo. He was accused of assaulting and harassing a woman who says she was a former girlfriend. After a second mistrial, Carswell agreed to restitution and community service.
On Aug. 9, 1998, Carswell was arrested in Denver after police say he grabbed his then-girlfriend by the neck. Two years later, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of harassment and was sentenced to one year’s probation.
Carswell was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2001. He has also been a backup to Shannon Sharpe.