Ohio State running back Bri'onte Dunn was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
He was also charged with not wearing a seat belt.
A police report states that Dunn nearly ran a flashing red light, drove through a crosswalk and narrowly missed striking a patrol car. He and a passenger were in possession of a wooden pipe and marijuana was found on the seat cushions, floorboard and in the door pocket, according to the report.
Dunn, 19, enrolled early at Ohio State and is expected to contribute to an offense that lacks depth at the position. Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller is the team's leading returning rusher.
Head coach Urban Meyer and Ohio State did not immediately comment on the arrest. Linebacker Storm Klein was dismissed from the team following his arrest for domestic violence and assault.