Ex-Ravens running back Bernard Pierce DUI case postponed, assigned July court date

Ravens running back Bernard Pierce.
Ravens running back Bernard Pierce.(Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)

Former Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce has been assigned a July court date in his case for driving while under the influence of alcohol, according to Maryland court records.

Pierce had been scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, but the case was postponed until July 28 in Towson District Court.


Pierce was arrested March 18 at 1:54 a.m. in Baltimore County on Dulaney Valley Road and was released by the Ravens roughly a dozen hours after his arrest.

Pierce, 24, was driving a 2014 Ford Mustang when he was pulled over by an unmarked patrol car for speeding 55 mph in a 30-mph zone on Dulaney Valley Road near Interstate 695 just prior to 2 a.m., according to Baltimore County police charging documents.

The officer said Pierce's car crossed into the next lane before he pulled him over. When told why he was pulled over, Pierce asked, "What did I do again?" The officer wrote in his charging document that Pierce smelled of alcohol and struggled to pull his driver's license out of his wallet.

Pierce told the officer he had "three shots of Jack," when asked if he'd been drinking. When Pierce then failed a series of sobriety tests, he was arrested.

During the arrest, Pierce asked the officer if the case could be kept off the books and accurately predicted how the Ravens would react to the off-field incident.

"Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI?" Pierce said, according to an arrest report. "I'm getting cut tomorrow, not like you care."

Now with the Jacksonville Jaguars after being claimed off waivers one day after the Ravens cut him, Pierce discussed his incident with Jacksonville reporters recently.

"My outlook is that nobody remembers the good things you do, but they always try to scrutinize and criticize the bad things," Pierce said. "I made one mistake in my whole career, my whole life, and now I'm trying to build myself up."


When Pierce got arrested, he became the eighth player and ninth member of the organization to be arrested during a 13-month span.

"With as many offseason issues as they have and with the zero-tolerance policy, I knew that could be it for me," Pierce said. "But I didn't think there would be a phone call and that would be it."