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Apr 11, 2014 11:10 AM by Jenifer Abreu

Bengals Player Pleads Not Guilty In Road Rage Incident

A Bengals player accused of waving a gun at a driver while traveling on Interstate 75 in a road rage incident has entered a not guilty plea.

Orson Charles, 23, pleaded not guilty in court Friday morning to charges of wanton endangerment first degree.

Charles was arrested on March 31 in Madison County after a driver called police saying a man had waved a gun at him several times after cutting him off on south I-75 near exit 90.

Charles was pulled over near exit 77 in Berea and police found a semi automatic Smith & Wesson in the back of the car inside a purse.

Charles' attorney, Michael Eubanks, says the player could receive a sentence of 1-5 years.

"We are all really concerned; we are in touch with his NFL agent," Eubanks said. "We take this very seriously and we are investigating the charges against him."

Charles declined to talk to LEX 18 News.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 23 at the Richmond Courthouse.

Charles is a third-year pro from the University of Georgia, and a native of Tampa, Fla. The 23-year-old has played in the Bengals backfield, catching one pass for 8 yards last season, but was mainly used on special teams. He appeared in 13 games last season and 16 in his first.

The Bengals list him as 6-3, 245 pounds.

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