Cavaliers guard Kevin Porter Jr. was arrested by the Ohio State Highway Patrol Sunday morning after a rollover crash on Interstate 76 in Mahoning County.
According to a report released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Porter was charged with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a felony offense, failure to control the vehicle and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Porter was taken to the Mahoning County Jail for booking and released on a $4,000 cash surety bond.
According to the report, state troopers responded to a single vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 76 near state Route 534 in Milton Township at 2:05 a.m. Troopers found a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE that had been traveling eastbound on the left side of the highway with apparent rollover damage.
The driver, identified as Porter, was outside the vehicle and uninjured, interacting with first responders, the report said.
According to the report, troopers determined Porter was fatigued, which caused him to lose control of the vehicle. During the investigation, a loaded.45-caliber handgun and suspected marijuana were discovered in his vehicle.
Porter was cooperative throughout the investigation, according to the report, and cleared by EMS.
According to the Mahoning County Sherriff’s Department’s booking document, it was determined the loaded handgun was accessible to any operator or passenger without leaving the vehicle.
The Cavs issued a statement Sunday afternoon.
“We are aware of the situation involving Kevin Porter Jr. and are in the process of gathering information,” the statement said. “We have spoken with Kevin and will continue to address this privately with him as the related process evolves.”
Porter’s New York-based attorney Alex Spiro of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP said, “Mr. Porter was issued a summons for a petty offense and released. We are gathering information and will have further comment at a later point.”
Porter, 20, was selected by the Cavs in the first round (30th overall) out of Southern California in 2019.
Averaging 10 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 50 games, Porter became more comfortable in the Cavs’ offense in December, posting scoring averages of 11.5 in that month, 11.6 in January and 13.5 in February.
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