Police Say Scott Used Twin Brother's Name During Traffic Stop

Brenton Scott Faces OWI, Drug & False Informing Charges

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

March 4, 2014 Updated Mar 4, 2014 at 8:20 PM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (21Alive) - A Fort Wayne college basketball player faces drunk driving, drug and false informing charges in Vigo County, Ind.

Brenton Scott, 19, a freshman on the Indiana State University men's basketball team, was arrested Saturday night during a traffic stop in Terre Haute.

Around 10:30, a Vigo County Sheriff's Department deputy pulled Scott over for failing to signal a lane change, according to sheriff's department police reports.

Scott’s Indiana State teammates, Alex Etherington and Devonte Brown, were passengers in the car, according to police.

One deputy’s report says the officer smelled marijuana coming from inside the car.

Police say Brenton Scott verbally identified himself as “Bryson Scott,” and provided documentation saying so.

Bryson Scott, Brenton’s twin brother, plays men’s basketball at Purdue University.

The Scott Twins were standout basketball players at Northrop High School.

“’That’s Brenton, errr [sic] I mean Brenton’s brother,’” Etherington was quoted by a Vigo County Sheriff’s Department deputy when asked who the driver was.

Ethering later said Brenton Scott asked Etherington to tell police Brenton Scott was Bryson Scott.

Brown admitted to police Brenton Scott was the driver, but said he was not asked to say Brenton Scott was Bryson Scott, the report states.

A run of Brenton Scott’s driving record at the scene showed his driver’s license had been suspended for previous infractions, according to police.

Brenton Scott told police that he and Etherington smoked marijuana “an hour or two” prior. Brenton Scott also admitted to having marijuana under the driver’s seat, the report says.

Police say Brenton Scott failed three field sobriety tests. The marijuana weighed 1 gram when tested by authorities.

Brenton Scott was arrested on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and false informing.

Etherington and Brown were not charged.

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