SAN DIEGO (CBS/KFMB) Charges will not be filed against former star NFL linebacker Junior Seau for driving his SUV down a seaside cliff outside San Diego early Monday morning, just hours after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, according to reports.
Police say that it appears that the 41-year-old athlete fell asleep at the wheel while driving, reports CNN. According to police there was no evidence that indicated drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.
The 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker still faces a domestic violence charge on allegations that he assaulted his 25-year-old live-in girlfriend during an argument in their Oceanside home late Sunday evening, according to CBS affiliate KFMB. Seau was not at his residence when officers arrived, but he reportedly called his girlfriend a short time after and agreed to return home.
Authorities say she appeared to have minor injuries and did not require medical treatment. Seau was arrested without incident and later posted bail from the San Diego County jail about five hours before the accident occurred.
Witnesses reported seeing Seau's 2004 Cadillac Escalade traveling slowly along the road near Carlsbad State Beach before it suddenly accelerated, veered off the roadway and hurtled over a 30-foot bluff, reports KFMB.
At about 8:45 a.m. Monday, emergency crews responded to a 911 call and found Seau inside his crumpled SUV, according police Lt. Paul Mendes said. Seau sustained minor injures and was treated at Scripps La Jolla Hospital where he was released Tuesday morning. Spokeswoman Lisa Ohmstede would not give details regarding his current condition.
Seau retired last season from the New England Patriots. He played for the San Diego Chargers from 1990 to 2002 and spent three seasons with the Miami Dolphins.