Former NFL defensive lineman Barry Cofield was arrested Tuesday in Florida for driving under the influence, eluding a law enforcement officer and possessing heroin, among other charges.
According to a copy of the arrest report obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Friday, Cofield evaded a pursuing officer and swerved through multiple lanes before crashing his black Cadillac Escalade into a second police car, which stopped to block his path. Two small bags containing a “red powdery substance” that tested positive for heroin were found in his front right pocket, according to the report.
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kim Cannaday confirmed that Cofield was booked into jail early Tuesday morning and released at 10:52 a.m.
Cofield referred an inquiry from USA TODAY Sports to his attorney, David Webster, who did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Police said Cofield’s car was stopped on an off ramp from eastbound Interstate 4 at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, with Cofield “passed out” in the driver’s seat as a traffic light cycled from red to green. According to the arrest report, Cofield awoke after several minutes but did not put his car into park as instructed by police, instead accelerating through the light.
As a police car pursued with lights and sirens on, Cofield did not travel faster than the speed limit nor make “evasive maneuvers,” according to the arrest report. But he did swerve between lanes and side-swiped a vehicle at an intersection, police said.
Cofield’s path was later blocked by a second police car, according to the arrest report, and he crashed into the passenger side of that vehicle before exiting his car and being handcuffed.
Police said Cofield, 34, had bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol on his breath. He refused to take a breathalyzer test, according to the arrest report.
In addition to three citations, Cofield faces five charges in total: Fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer, driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting a law enforcement officer without violence and possession of heroin.
Cofield, who last appeared in an NFL game in 2015, played parts of 10 seasons with the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, winning a Super Bowl title with the Giants in 2008.
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