Thursday, March 21, 2013

Bears fullback Evan Rodriguez arrested after car crash incident

Chicago Bears fullback Evan Rodriguez was arrested in Miami early Thursday after allegedly refusing to cooperate with officers when a car he was riding in wrecked.

The 24-year-old is facing charges of disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer. He was booked into the Miami Dade County Jail at 5:32 a.m. and released several hours later after posting $1,500 bail.

Here's more on the story, courtesy of the USA TODAY:
Rodriguez was riding with another man when they got into a crash around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. An officer asked Rodriguez for his identification for the crash report, and Rodriguez reportedly responded, "For what, I don't need this, I'm an NFL player. I don't need all that media stuff."
Rodriguez eventually handed over his ID but then walked away several minutes later without it. An officer told the driver to call Rodriguez and have him return to the crash scene, and Rodriguez came back. 
After returning, Rodriguez approached the officer administering a roadside sobriety test to the driver, police said. Rodriguez was told several times to wait on a sidewalk. 
Rodriguez reportedly said, "I'm hard-headed like that, and I don't have to listen."
Rodriguez continued to yell at officers while failing to remain on the sidewalk as instructed. Police said Rodriguez began to make quite a scene and started drawing a crowd.

According to the arresting officer, Rodriguez's speech was slurred, his eyes were blood shot, and his breath reeked of alcohol.

The Bears are aware of the incident and have released the following statement:

"We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the situation," the statement said.

This incident isn't the first run-in with the law for Rodriguez. He was previously involved in an alleged physical altercation with a residence hall adviser while attending West Virginia University in 2007. That incident resulted in charges of misdemeanor disturbance and misdemeanor trespassing. In 2009, after transferring to Temple, he was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Chicago drafted Rodriguez in the fourth round of last year's draft out of Temple University. He played in 12 games for the Bears in his rookie campaign and made starts in five of them.


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