Jul. 14—Former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was arrested early Wednesday morning on suspicion of attempting to break into a family member’s home after fleeing the scene of a car crash, according to authorities and court records.
Sherman, a current free agent, was booked into King County Correctional Facility in Seattle at 6:08 a.m. Wednesday morning on suspicion of burglary domestic violence and denied bail, the court records show. Further details were sealed in private court records and not immediately available. The case was filed in the King County court system as an “extreme risk protection order.” Washington State troopers say they also suspect Sherman of driving under the influence and of hit-and-run.
The incident began when Sherman crashed his car into a construction site on a highway in Redmond, a spokesperson for Washington State Patrol told this news organization. The single-car crash occurred just before 1 a.m., trooper Rick Johnson said. Sherman attempted to drive away but eventually fled on foot, Johnson said.
At about 2 a.m., Redmond police received a 911 about a family member attempting to enter a home he did not live in, a spokesperson for the agency told ESPN. Washington State Patrol officers also responded to the scene after running the plates of the car and matching the description of the suspect in the 911 call to Sherman, who was the registered owner.
Authorities said they discovered Sherman outside the home and arrested him. Redmond police told ESPN that Sherman fought with officers and was taken to a local hospital before being booked into jail. Johnson, the state trooper, said officers took a blood sample on suspicion of driving under the influence but that results were still pending.
The Redmond police spokesperson told ESPN that nobody was injured in the incident.
The NFL Players Association, with whom Sherman has been a player representative since 2014, said in a statement that it had “activated our domestic violence crisis protocol for the protection and support of everyone involved” and that “we will continue to monitor events closely as more facts are made available to us.”
Sherman is a vice president of the NFLPA and one of 11 players on its executive committee.
Sherman, 33, married his longtime partner, Ashley Moss, in 2018. The couple has two children, a son and a daughter, and keeps a home in the Seattle area.
Sherman posted videos on social media Tuesday afternoon that appeared to show him enjoying a day at the park with his kids.
Sherman was a defensive captain for the 49ers the past three seasons while battling through calf injuries. He arrived in San Francisco after spending the first seven years of his career with the Seattle Seahawks, where he earned three first-team All-Pro selections and won a Super Bowl.
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