Bengals RB Lynch arrested

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 3, 2003

COVINGTON, Ky. - Cincinnati Bengals running back James Lynch was arrested early Tuesday on charges he urinated in a public street and then resisted arrest by trying to kick the windows out of a police car, police said.

Police in this northern Kentucky city charged Lynch, 21, with driving with a suspended license, resisting arrest, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and fleeing police.

Lynch was observed urinating in a Covington street at about 2:40 a.m. Tuesday and fled in his car when a police officer approached him, police spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Kraft said. He stopped a few blocks away, cursed at officers who tried to arrest him, was sprayed with chemical irritant and then tried to kick out the windows of a police cruiser before officers restrained him, police said.

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Police then discovered that Lynch's driver's license had been previously suspended in his hometown of Washington, D.C. and that he had been charged with driving with a suspended license in northern Kentucky. An arrest warrant was issued for Lynch on Nov. 18 when he failed to appear on that charge in Kenton County District Court in Covington, Kraft said.

Lynch was jailed in the Kenton County Detention Center on the misdemeanor charges. If convicted of those charges, Lynch could face fines and jail time of up to a year.

Lynch posted $503 bond and was released from jail later on Tuesday pending a scheduled appearance Wednesday morning in District Court.

The Bengals are aware of Lynch's arrest but will not comment until the charges against him are resolved, team spokesman Jack Brennan said.

Lynch played college football at Maryland. He is an NFL rookie whose time with the Bengals has been spent entirely on their practice squad, Brennan said.