Bills player accused of illegal street racing in Hamburg

Buffalo Bills DL Marcell Dareus after his arrest in Cleburne County, Alabama
Buffalo Bills DL Marcell Dareus after his arrest in Cleburne County, Alabama

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – Less than a month after being charged in Alabama on felony charges of drug possession, Buffalo Bills DL Marcell Dareus is reportedly facing charges for illegal street racing in Hamburg.

The Buffalo News reports Hamburg Town Police arrested Dareus last week on three misdemeanor and four vehicle and traffic charges. Sources tell the newspaper Dareus is accused of reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and participating in an illegal speed contest.

He’s also reportedly facing charges of speeding, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to keep right, and moving from lane unsafely.

The Pro Bowl tackle was arrested last Friday afternoon, around 3:15 p.m. after an accident at Milestrip Road near McKinley Parkway. Hamburg Police confirm that Dareus was driving at the time, but have released no further details about the crash.

A spokesman for the Bills tells News 4 they are aware of the charges Dareus is facing and Head Coach Doug Marrone will address the situation with the media on Tuesday.

Dareus was arrested May 5 on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia in Cleburne County, Alabama. WVUA reports Dareus was in possession of synthetic cannabis, or “spice.”

News 4 spoke to Dareus last week about his arrest. He said, “I’m at home, and I’m away from all the mess. I can focus, and really just be myself and have fun.”

Bills management expressed support for Dareus after his arrest in Alabama.

Dareus discussed conversations he’s had with Bills official, saying, “They believe in me; they know I’m not a troubled guy. They know that I’m not the person who’s trying to look for any trouble. Things happen, we’re moving forward and they know I’m going to grow into the guy they want me to be.”

“I feel like I’m on the straight and narrow. Things happen; young, dumb. You’ve got to correct it and just work through it.”

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