Reporting Daryl Ruiter
PARMA (92.3 The Fan) – Browns defensive end Marcus Benard pleaded not guilty to two traffic charges stemming from his motorcycle accident on October 10th.
Attorney Patrick D’Angelo faxed in the plea Tuesday morning on Benard’s behalf.
Benard was charged with reckless operation and driving under suspension following the accident.
Benard, who spent three nights in the hospital, suffered a broken hand and other undisclosed injuries in the crash which ended his season.
The Browns put Benard on the ‘reserved/non-football injury’ list on October 12th.
Benard was traveling northbound on I-71 near the West 65th exit when he lost control of his Canam Spyder. A witness said Benard was traveling at “a high rate of speed” and crossed all four lanes of traffic before striking a guardrail throwing him an estimated 241 feet.
A pretrial hearing for Benard has been set for November 21st at 9am.
After leading the Browns with 7.5 sacks in 2010, the 26-year old finished with three tackles to go along with one sack in four games this season.
Benard was signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and spent the first nine weeks of the season on the practice squad before being signed to the active roster.