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Players from Bucs, Storm are arrested

Two Tampa Bay football players were arrested Thursday on separate charges of drunken driving and soliciting a prostitute.

Buccaneers' tight end Ron Hall was held on drunken driving charges, and Tampa Bay Storm defensive back Corey Dowden was jailed on a charge of soliciting sex from a police officer posing as a prostitute.

Hall, a starter last year, was being booked into the Pinellas County Jail late Thursday, and Dowden was held at the jail on $500 bail.

Hall, one of the Bucs' best players, was arrested about 7:30 p.m. at 83rd Ave. N and Fourth Street when he got into a minor accident in his 1984 Jeep.

He was charged with driving under the influence after an officer smelled alcohol on his breath, noticed his bloodshot, watery eyes and watched him sway, police said. They said Hall slurred when he talked. His blood-alcohol level was .079 and .099 during two tests.

Under state law, an individual with a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 is presumed to be impaired.

Hall is 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds. His best year for the Bucs was 1988, when he had 39 catches for 550 yards.

In the other incident, Dowden, 24, was arrested just before 5 p.m. on a charge of soliciting sex from a police officer posing as a prostitute. Dowden, 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, was one of 10 men arrested as city police continued a crackdown on prostitution.

Dowden and his 22-year-old roommate, Percy C. Landry, were arrested after they pulled up to the undercover officer at Fourth Street and 13th Avenue N, police said. They said the two men offered to pay the officer $20 to perform oral sex.

Storm officials could not be reached for comment.

In addition to Dowden and Landry, eight other men were arrested, including a Baptist minister from Arcadia.