DETROIT, MI – Alexander Deonte Brown, 24-years-old, of South Carolina, a former Detroit Lion’s football player, will face a judge tomorrow when he is arraigned in connection with a non-fatal car crash that injured others when he allegedly was intoxicated driving the wrong way on I-75.
On Sunday August 15th, 2021, at approximately 2:13 a.m, Michigan State police officers were dispatched to Southbound I-75 near I-375 in Detroit for a reported personal injury crash. It is alleged that Alexander Brown was intoxicated and driving at a high rate of speed on the wrong side of the freeway.
Brown struck a 27-year-old Detroit man’s car head on, causing injury to his legs. The man was carried on a backboard by medics and transported to a local hospital. Brown’s front seat passenger was former Lions tight end 23-year-old Charlie Taumoepeau. Taumoepeau, was trapped in the car and removed with the jaws of life. Medics put a cervical collar on him, placed him on a backboard, and transported him to a local hospital. He was cared for at the scene of the crash for a neck injury.
Alexander Brown has been charged with two counts of Operating While Under the Influence Causing Serious Injury and two counts of Reckless Driving Causing Serious Injury.
He is expected to be arraigned on August 17, 2021 after 10:00 a.m. in 36th District Court.
Brown was cut by the Detroit Lions organization Sunday afternoon. It is not clear if he was let go because of the alcohol fueled vehicle crash or factors of his performance on the field or a combination of the two.
Michigan State Police issued the following information concerning the crash:
Troopers were dispatched to southbound I-75 near Mack on August 15th, at 2:10 AM, for a traffic crash which was blocking lanes of the freeway.
When the first trooper arrived on scene it was determined that this was a wrong way driver crash.
As troopers made contact with the driver, the investigation revealed that the 24 year old male driver from South Carolina was impaired. He was arrested at the scene and transported to the hospital by troopers for a blood draw. He was then lodged at the Detroit Detention Center.
The passenger of the wrong way vehicle was critically injured in the crash. The driver of the non at fault vehicle was also critically injured. They were both transported by EMS to Detroit Receiving Hospital.