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

October 18, 2010 |  5:51 pm

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