Maryland running back Wes Brown cleared of charges


Prosecutors in Prince George's County, Md., have dropped charges against Maryland RB Wes Brown.

He had been charged earlier this month with theft, wiretapping and assaulting a police officer who was questioning him about a shooting. Brown allegedly secretly recorded his conversation with police on a borrowed cell phone and fled with the cell phone, which led to the wiretapping and theft charges.

Brown, who was the Terps' second-leading rusher last season, was suspended by the school after the arrest.

Injuries limited him to eight games in 2012, but he still rushed for 382 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman. He missed spring drills following shoulder surgery, but conventional wisdom was that he would vie with fellow sophomore Brandon Ross for the starting job this fall.

A spokesman for the state attorney's office said prosecutors now believe Brown was resisting an unlawful arrest, which he is permitted to do, instead of illegally assaulting an officer.

A Baltimore police spokesman said Brown remains a person of interest in a non-fatal shooting in that city last month.

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