CONROE, Texas — Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped the drunken driving and illegal handgun charges against Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Ed Oliver, who had been arrested in May during a traffic stop in Houston’s northern suburbs.
The charges are dropped due to lack of evidence after blood test results showed no intoxication, said Kelly Blackburn, spokesman for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. No further prosecution was expected, he said.
That raises a question, Gary Patterson, Oliver’s attorney, said.
“It begs the question as to why he was arrested in the first place,” he said in an email to The Associated Press.
As for the gun charge, Patterson said in a statement to the Houston television station KRIV that it was automatically dismissed because it’s illegal to possess a pistol in a vehicle only if the person is intoxicated or if they get charged with another criminal act.
“So when the DWI (driving-while-intoxicated charge) is dismissed, it’s not illegal to have a pistol with you,” Patterson said.
The Bills posted a statement on Twitter, saying they were pleased with the ruling regarding their 2019 first-round draft pick.
“We supported and worked with Ed throughout the offseason program, as it was a priority for us to allow the legal process to play out,” the Bills said in the statement. “We appreciate Ed’s honesty and communication with us. With his name cleared of all charges, he can now turn his full attention on the upcoming training camp and season.”
Oliver spent part of the past few days posting messages on his Twitter account updating his drive from Houston to Buffalo, New York, to report for the start of training camp next week.
The Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office had said Oliver was arrested May 16 after deputies had received reports of someone driving recklessly in a construction area. Oliver failed a field sobriety test and the deputies found a small-caliber pistol in his truck, according to the offense report.
Oliver is from Houston, where he also played his college career.