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Ex-Lion Alonzo Spellman Arrested

July 16, 2002

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DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) _ Former Detroit Lions defensive lineman Alonzo Spellman was arrested after a report of a home invasion and reckless driving in this Detroit suburb, police said Tuesday.

Spellman, 31, lives in Buffalo Grove, Ill., police said. A Dearborn police statement gave this account of the arrest:

Police received a call about 8 p.m. Monday that someone was threatening the occupants of a house and had kicked in a door. At the same time, many other calls reported someone driving recklessly in the subdivision.

Police found Spellman standing next to a sport utility vehicle and arrested him. The person who made the home-invasion report refused to press charges, but Spellman was charged with three misdemeanors: drunken driving, driving on a suspended license and destruction of property worth less than $1,000.

He was released Tuesday afternoon on $600 bond. It was not immediately known when he would be due in court.

In November, Spellman was sentenced to six months’ probation on charges from a 1998 traffic stop in which police found a .357 semiautomatic pistol in his vehicle.

Spellman pleaded guilty in October 2000 to carrying a concealed weapon and a misdemeanor charge of having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

Under the terms of the plea in Oakland County Circuit Court, the concealed weapons charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.

The Lions waived Spellman in October 2001. He played for the Dallas Cowboys for two seasons before that. He was a standout at Ohio State and a first-round draft pick by Chicago in 1992.

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