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Junior Seau fell asleep at wheel before cliff crash; no drugs or alcohol involved, police say

Junior Seau  crashes SUV after arrest for domestic violence

Police have concluded that former football star Junior Seau fell asleep at the wheel early Monday when his car drove off a cliff in Carlsbad.

"There were no signs of alcohol or drugs involved, and it is believed that Seau fell asleep at the wheel," according to a statement released by the Carlsbad Police Department.

The accident occurred hours after the former San Diego Chargers linebacker was arrested for alleged domestic violence.

Seau, 41, who retired this year from the New England Patriots, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Scripps La Jolla Hospital, according to the Carlsbad police.

Police received an emergency call about 8:42 a.m. Monday about a vehicle veering off the road at Carlsbad Boulevard at Solamar Avenue.

"Preliminary investigation shows the vehicle left the roadway and traveled over the cliff, landing on the beach below," Carlsbad police officials said in a prepared statement. "The vehicle was only occupied by the driver, a male who was identified as Junior Seau.... Investigation is continuing into how and why the accident occurred."

Authorities would not comment on whether the collision was related to Seau's arrest hours earlier or whether it was caused by something else. He had been arrested at 12:20 a.m. in Oceanside on suspicion of an alleged assault on his live-in girlfriend.

In a statement, Oceanside police said the 25-year-old alleged victim in the case sustained minor injuries during an argument. The alleged victim, who was not named, did not require medical treatment. Seau was not at the residence when police arrived there.

-- Andrew Blankstein


Photo: Fox 5 San Diego

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First, the question that should be asked is whether he did it because was the aggressor in the domestic violence incident, or was she, and whether a female officer was dispatched to hear her story. A good example of why can be found on a 2005 episode of COPS. In it, two male San Antonio (TX) police officers arrive on a domestic violence call. When they arrived, they found the man sitting outside the house, claiming he never even went inside the house. When the officers went inside, they found a very upset woman who said he had grabbed her by the arms and neck. She had the hand shaped bruises to prove it.

The officers than went outside to place the man under arrest, just as a female officer arrived. She also went in to talk to the woman. When she came out, she informed the other officers that the hand shaped bruises were more the size and shape of the woman’s own hands, so she went to talk to the neighbors. They told her that the woman, and not the man, was the abusive one.

At this point, they released the man, but informed him that the county prosecutor could still charge him, as arrests are mandatory in Texas whenever a woman makes a domestic violence claim.

The female officer saw through the tears of the woman and saw the truth.

In my 21 years of working with men, I’ve seen it repeatedly that when a female officer is on the scene, where a false allegation may be in play, she is the one to see it.

In 1994, when Kansas passed its mandatory arrest law, something interesting happened in the City of Lawrence, a University town about 40 miles from Kansas City. Over 50% of the ones arrested for domestic violence were women. The women’s shelters protested this, saying the officers were poorly trained in knowing who the real abuser is. However, whereas the national average for female officers is just 13%, in Lawrence it was nearly 40%, with them making most of the arrests.

Talking with female officers, they tell me that they do see a lot more than the male officers do, including the evidence of male officers who are themselves victims.

He may have been the victim, but it is common when the male is the victim, he is the one arrested, as in this case involving a sheriff deputy. Also, a man his size is not going to leave minor injuries. A woman doing ti to herself would.

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hahahaha now thats irony

Gosh does this sound like the prelude to the Tiger Woods thing?

Doesn't Jr. have a wife, too?

Better go back and play with New England or somewhere.

San Diego is/was your home.


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