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Amusing Randy Starks arrest story

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by sdbound, May 26, 2009.

  1. sdbound

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    http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/football/story/1066883.html

    Randy Starks' attorney on Tuesday vehemently denied allegations against the Dolphins defensive end, and said the team has not disciplined him since his arrest.

    Starks was charged with aggravated battery early Sunday after allegedly veering his slow-moving truck into an officer trying to stop him on Ocean Drive. The felony carries a minimum of five years in state prison and a maximum of 30.

    ''What's alleged in the arrest report didn't happen,'' Starks' attorney, Ed O'Donnell, said. ``It's ludicrous. This is a decent guy who was arrested for one reason -- he's in a big car, and it's a bunch of black guys in the car.''

    According to the police report, Starks was driving a Freightliner through bumper-to-bumper traffic around midnight when an officer noticed there were 13 people ''in the four-person vehicle,'' including a woman on his lap. The officer knocked on the side window; Starks kept driving. Starks stopped when the officer knocked on the side door. Then the car accelerated, moving slightly to the left, allegedly causing the vehicle to hit the officer in the chest and pinning him against a vehicle in another lane.

    O'Donnell said Starks' vehicle did not hit the officer. He said the vehicle had nine people, not 13, and the officer mistakenly included four pedestrians.

    He said Starks drove a ''semi-tractor'' with four male friends (including Dolphins linebacker William Kershaw), and four women they picked up at the Clevelander. O'Donnell said it's ``impossible to knock on the window because it's 15 feet above the ground. The police were knocking on the side of the vehicle. When Randy realized that, he pulled over immediately, to the right, to the curb.

    ``He did not veer to the left. No one was sitting on his lap -- the lady was on the console. They had a right to tell him to pull over with nine people in a five-passenger car. But why handcuff him and go in his pockets when he committed no crime? Randy's dumbfounded.''

    O'Donnell said Starks was in jail for about 10 hours before posting $10,000 bond. The state attorney's office will decide no sooner than Monday what charges to pursue. The judge, Diane Ward, will recuse herself because she's married to O'Donnell.

    O'Donnell said the Dolphins informed him that Starks participated in Tuesday's organized team activity. The NFL said it generally does not consider taking action before a case is settled legally.

    • Police spokesman Juan Sanchez said of the 548 arrests on Miami Beach during Memorial Day weekend, two were pro athletes: Starks and boxer Jermain Taylor, arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence.
     
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