Avon Police: The Johnny Manziel Car Fight Report

Avon Police HeaderTwo phone calls from worried witnesses led to the investigation of Cleveland Browns quarterback Jonathan Manziel on Monday, Oct. 12, at 1809 hours, according to Avon Police reports.

The first caller reported that, while travelling in the high speed lane of I-90 westbound near the Nagle Road interchange, a white Nissan passed her on the left side, utilizing the left hand berm.

The caller estimated the speed of the Nissan to be 90 MPH. The caller reports the vehicle cut over several lanes of travel and began to exit at Nagel Road.

As the caller passed the slowing Nissan, “She observed what appeared to be a white female passenger trying to open her door, with the white male driver holding her back.”

“She described it appeared the driver’s arm and elbow were around the neck of the female, pulling her inside the car.”

The caller stated that the man’s actions “kept the female from exiting the moving car.”

Second Call

While responding to the call, Police received a second call from a Nagel Road resident who “advised that a white Nissan had pulled across the street from his residence and the occupants were arguing.”

Upon contacting the white Nissan, Police made contact with the male, later identified as Jonathan Manziel.

Police did a pat down of Manziel and informed him of the calls that Police had received.

“Manziel briefly explained that he and the female passenger, later identified as his girlfriend, Ms. Colleen Elizabeth Crowley, were coming back from downtown Cleveland and were arguing.

“Manziel advised that he and Ms. Crowley were in downtown Cleveland drinking earlier in the day, around 2 o’clock, and had plans to go see a movie together. When he decided he wanted to go pick up a friend also, this upset Ms. Crowley…..


“Crowley wanted to head back to Avon. Mr. Manziel stated that he began heading home and while on I-90 he had Ms. Crowley’s cell phone on his lap and was using it to control the music. During the ride, Ms. Crowley began accusing him of ‘driving bad.’ He then stated that Ms. Crowley grabbed his wallet, which was in the center divider, and threw it out of the window. Mr. Manziel then stopped his vehicle and turned around in order to look for the wallet. After parking, he stated that ‘She did try to get out of the car.’ He then admitted to ‘trying to grab her arm to keep her from ‘riding’ out of the car.’

He was asked if at any point there was any striking, punching or pulling of hair, in which Mr. Manziel responded, ‘NO.’

Evidence of Alcohol

“While speaking with Mr. Manziel,” Police noted “the slight odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person.”

Police “looked for but did not observe any signs of impairment.”

Police opinion was that “Mr. Manziel was not intoxicated and that he consumed only two alcoholic drinks several hours prior.”

In a detailed interview with Ms. Crowley, Police observed that she was crying, was upset and had an odor of alcoholic beverage about her person.” She declined a request to sit in the Police cruiser.

Police “observed that Ms. Crowley did had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and was having difficulty focusing on what was asked of her by officers.

“It was officers opinion that Ms. Crowley was intoxicated, confirmed by her later statement that she had consumed at least ‘3 Crown and Cokes.’


Police “observed a small fresh abrasion to Ms. Crowley’s left arm. The mark was on the top side of her wrist and appeared to be a friction burn with no blood seen.’

Ms. Crowley then began asking for her purse and cell phone.

“As officers asked Mr. Manziel for Ms. Crowley’s effects, she began walking towards officers stating, ‘I didn’t do s— and f— this!’

Near Arrest

“Ms. Crowley began walking on the side of the road, stating ‘I didn’t do anything wrong and my dad’s a lawyer,” the Police report continues.

“Ms. Crowley continued to mumble under her breath, swearing and was ordered to have a seat in (the police) patrol vehicle or she would be arrested disorderly conduct. (Police) then tried to speak with Ms. Crowley but she continued to have difficulty focusing and exhibited mood swings, ranging from argumentative to cooperative.”

Crowley told police that she resides in Texas and attends TCU. She had been staying with Manziel for two months, before heading back to TCU for her senior year.

How it Started

“The argument in Avon progressed when she (Crowley) asked for her cell phone and when Mr. Manziel wouldn’t give it back to her she threw his wallet out of the window. She stated she wanted her cell phone back so that she could call her parents for help. When asked to clarify what kind of help, she stated to get back to Texas.’ report Police.

Crowley “did state that Mr. Manziel pushed her head against the glass of the car 5 minutes prior to getting into Avon….”She stated that Mr. Manziel did hit her a couple times in the car. Ms. Crowley was asked if she was fearful of Mr. Manziel’s actions and did she think he could cause her physical harm. Ms. Crowley responded, ‘No he was fine.”

Police note that no other signs of physical injury aside of the left wrist area were noticed. Crowley “was adamant that she did not want to pursue charges or want anything ‘pressed.’ She kept stating that she just wanted her phone and to return to Texas.”

End of Story

“Based upon the statements of Mr. Manziel and Ms. Crowley, their relationship status, the lack of physical evidence with the exception of Ms. Crowley’s left wrist, Ms. Crowley’s level of intoxication, the inconsistencies of Ms. Crowley’s statements ranging from whether Mr. Manziel was physically abusive towards her or not, and neither party wishing to pursue charges, no arrest was made,” report Police. “Both parties were advised they were free to leave.”

Crowley declined the offer of a ride to another location. “She asked if she could walk from the scene,” report Police. “She was advised she could not due to her level of intoxication.

“Ms. Crowley stated she felt fine leaving with Mr. Manziel and the two drove away.”

Joseph Burke Law_WEB4


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