TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WANE) – Indiana State freshman basketball player and former Northrop standout Brenton Scott is facing OWI and drug charges after being arrested in Vigo County on Saturday night. He also tried to pass himself off as his twin brother, according to the police report.
According to the police report obtained by WANE-TV, Scott was pulled over by a Vigo County Sheriff’s deputy around 10:36 p.m. Saturday night after failing to signal a lane change. The driver identified himself to police as Bryson Scott – the name of Brenton’s twin brother who plays basketball at Purdue. The deputy noticed a “very strong odor of burnt marijuana” coming from inside the vehicle.
There were two other men in the car, Indiana State basketball teammates Alex Etherington and Devonte Brown. The police report states that Scott’s speech was slurred and balance unsteady. Three standard field sobriety tests were administered. Scott failed all three and was handcuffed. Etherington also admitted to police that he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day.
After Scott was placed in the rear seat of a patrol car, Etherington and Brown eventually told deputies that the Scott they had in custody was not Bryson Scott was, but rather, Brenton Scott. A driver’s license check on Brenton Scott showed his license was suspended for an infraction. He was then transported to the Vigo County Jail where he was booked. The marijuana recovered from Scott’s vehicle was tested at the Vigo County Sheriff’s office and weighed one gram.
Scott, 19, faces preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia. He also faces a charge of false informing for giving police the name of his twin brother.
The police report does not list any charges against Brown and Etherington.
Brenton Scott is currently redshirting for the ISU basketball team in his first year on campus. He was a three-time All-SAC pick at Northrop high school. Etherington is also redshirting this season as a freshman at Indiana State. Brown is a sophomore and a key bench player for the Sycamores, averaging 5.1 points per game and playing in all 30 contests this season.