CLEVELAND, Ohio — Browns defensive back Gerard Lawson was in jail Sunday night after police say he hit a car in the Warehouse District sometime overnight Saturday.

Lawson, 25, was driving on West Sixth Street when he was involved in a hit-skip accident, Cuyahoga County Sheriff Bob Reid said.

Sheriff’s deputies stopped the car, but turned Lawson over to Cleveland police to make the arrest, Reid said.

But Cleveland Police spokesman Sgt. Sammy Morris said the sheriff’s department charged Lawson early Sunday morning. He said Lawson is charged with DUI and hit-skip.

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Lawson, who was signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent in May 2008, played in five games last season. On Saturday, Lawson played in the Browns’ Family Day scrimmage, where he returned two kickoffs for 50 yards. The winning Brown squad had its curfew lifted as a reward, but the White team Lawson played for still had a curfew Saturday night.

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert said in a statement: “We are aware of the situation with Gerard and are continuing to gather all the information. Until we have done that, we will not make any further comment.”

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