Vols QB Bray's charges dismissed conditionally

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- After Vols Quarterback Tyler Bray hit the practice field Wednesday morning, he headed to court.

Bray was cited with reckless operation of a personal water craft and for not having his boating education certificate.

It all happened July 4th when he hit the lake. But his day on the water landed him in some trouble.

According to TWRA Officer Dewayne WIlliams, Bray and another person on the jet ski were weaving in and out of each other within 20-25 feet. When the two people fell off the jet ski, Williams said Bray sprayed them with water repeatedly as they tried to get back on.

"It could have been very dangerous very quickly because of the steering of the PWC," Williams said. "If he would have let of the gas it could have been real bad that day."

Bray's lawyer Brian Nichols released a statement on his client's behalf that said "Tyler understands the importance of safety on the water. There was no alcohol involved."

The judge on Wednesday dismissed the two charges against Bray, as long as he completes a one-year suspension of boating privileges, and makes three boater safety apperances or assists the TWRA with a boater safety campaign.

He is also responsible for all court costs and will be up for review on February 13, 2013.

His court date came about two weeks after it was revealed in a Knoxville Police Dept. report that Bray and his roommate were accused of throwing beer bottles and golf balls off their balcony at the The Landings Riverfront Apartments.

Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Darrell Debusk said charges will not be filed because Bray has reached out to the victim.

"She (Hudson) got a call from one of the suspects, who apologized and said they would take care of the damages."

At this point, Debusk said Hudson decided not to file charges. According to Hudson, it was Bray that called her to say he would pay for the damages.

That previous weekend, when Hudson walked to her car, in addition to the damage, she found a note on her window. The note had a name and phone number stating, "I know what happened to your car."

That's when Hudson saw the damage. According to the police report, damages are estimated to be at $800.

Hudson then called the phone number and was told that two males in apartment 104 had been "drinking and throwing beer bottles and golf balls at her car."

The note was written by Kirstie Allen who also lives in the apartment complex.

Allen also filed a complaint to the Knoxville Police Department about damages to her car.

In the report, Allen arrived home around 1:10 pm on Monday and went inside her apartment to eat lunch. She said she left 30 minutes later and found that her car had been damaged. Allen estimated the damages to her Volkswagen Jetta at over $500.


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