Dion Lewis, a backup running back for the Philadelphia Eagles was arrested over the weekend on felony charges after police said he and his older brother nearly knocked a downtown hotel's glass doors off their hinges and pulled a fire alarm. Word of the pre-dawn incident surfaced Monday as Lewis was scheduled to appear at the Troy Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday and speak with summer campers.
The incident occurred at 4:40 a.m. at the Hampton Inn on Chapel Street, when Lewis and his brother, Lamar, were stuck outside behind the locked clear glass door leading to the hotel's lobby, said Officer Steve Smith, a police spokesman. Lewis and his brother were both drunk, police said, and began to strike the doors, hitting them "with such force as to rock them and nearly break them from their hinges," according to court documents.
Todd Reichelt, general manager for the Hampton Inn, said the doors to the hotel are locked after midnight to anyone who does not have a key.
Either Dion or Lamar Lewis then pulled the hotel's fire alarm, waking dozens of patrons and prompting emergency crews to visit the hotel, police said. Both brothers were charged with falsely reporting a fire, a felony, and misdemeanor reckless endangerment.