Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis arrested and charged with OVI

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New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis was arrested over the weekend for operating a vehicle while impaired in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

Lewis was pulled over driving a 2012 Audi at 4:16 a.m. Sunday by Reynoldsburg police. He was stopped for speeding and driving with tinted windows. According to reports, police smelled marijuana and noticed signs of intoxication. The police report also stated that Lewis was possibly using alcohol and 0.2 grams of marijuana were found in his car.

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Lewis refused to take a Breathalyzer test and taken into custody around 5 a.m. He was released his own recognizance and was at the Giants’ practice facility in East Rutherford, New Jersey for Monday’s session of organized team activities (OTAs). He is scheduled to appear before a Municipal Court judge on Wednesday.

A Giants spokesperson said Monday the team is aware of the situation.

Lewis signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent out of Bowling Green in 2016. In high school, Lewis was a star at Pickerington (Ohio) Central High School who initially committed to play his college ball at Ohio State.

During his senior year, he was arrested on two counts of rape. It was alleged Lewis raped a classmate in the basement of another classmate’s home in December, 2011. The second charge accused him of raping the same classmate in the back seat of her car in January, 2012.

Lewis was acquitted of one charge of rape and the jury deadlocked on the second charge, resulting in a mistrial. In order to avoid a re-trial, Lewis pled guilty to making false statements to police and received three years of probation. The guilty plea to making false statements to police dismissed the rape charges.

Instead of playing for the Buckeyes on Saturday afternoons, Lewis went to Jireh Preparatory Academy, a post high school, college prep institution in Matthews, North Carolina, before playing at Bowling Green.

Lewis caught seven passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns (including the 300th career touchdown for quarterback Eli Manning) in 2016. He is fairly deep on the receivers’ depth chart behind Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard, and potentially Tavarres King. He is expected to be in a battle with King, undrafted free agent Travis Rudolph, and practice squad receiver Darius Powe for a roster spot.

Lewis will be subject to potential discipline under the league’s personal conduct policy once his case is decided in the courts. He may be fined, suspended, or both.

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