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Police report calls Darius Fleming a “good Samaritan” for assisting after car accident

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01:    Darius Fleming #58 and  Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots react after an interception against the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Getty Images

On Wednesday, we learned that Patriots linebacker Darius Fleming played through last Saturday’s game with 22 stitches in his leg that he acquired after kicking in the window of a car to help extract a woman who had been involved in a car accident last Thursday.

Fleming said that he saw smoke coming from the car and the woman trying unsuccessfully to kick the window out so he used his own foot instead in order to help things along. Fleming then went on to get treatment for his leg before any emergency services arrived on the scene, which apparently made it hard for the Walpole, MA police department to find a report of the accident when asked by media outlets on Wednesday afternoon.

Those outlets asked police in Walpole, the Massachusetts state police and several other nearby municipalities for reports and were unable to get them until the Walpole police released one on Wednesday afternoon. The report recounted how the three-car accident happened and explained why Fleming’s involvement had not been previously noted.

“There was no fire involved in this crash however there was air bag deployment, which to the untrained eye can appear as if the vehicle is enveloped in smoke. The officers on scene did indicate one of the vehicles did have a broken window. The operator of that vehicle did make statements to one officer that a male party ‘kicked in my window, I think he was a patriot’. This was not entered into the report as this was a standard motor vehicle crash report with no injury. On arrival the individual in question was not on scene and due to the nature of the accident there was no follow up to this information as the identity to an unknown good Samaritan had no bearing on this report. We are attempting to obtain more information at this time and will follow up with another release should we learn more.”

The lack of injuries other than Fleming’s leg make this a story with a happy ending, which is always preferable to the alternative.

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33 Responses to “Police report calls Darius Fleming a “good Samaritan” for assisting after car accident”
  1. mataug says: Jan 20, 2016 5:10 PM

    which seems like a fair assessment, don’t you think sir ?

  2. floratiotime says: Jan 20, 2016 5:11 PM

    High character individual. How did this guy end up on the Patriots.

  3. bmorepositive123 says: Jan 20, 2016 5:19 PM

    ‘kicked in my window, I think he was a patriot’.

    What a great quote. Glad everyone was okay and now that lady has a great story to tell

  4. Cunning Linguist says: Jan 20, 2016 5:21 PM

    Prior to a playoff game last season, I believe then-Patriot DL Vince Wilfork similarly rescued a car accident victim. Sorry to further disappoint those who would have us believe that Patriot players are anything other than high-character individuals.

  5. pastabelly says: Jan 20, 2016 5:21 PM

    Skeptical media called Fleming’s claim a fabrication. That’s part of our “gotcha” journalism. That’s the biggest shame of all of this.

  6. gr365 says: Jan 20, 2016 5:22 PM

    Another Boston Globe reporter….Ben Voilin was too lazy to look up the Wapole Police Blotter. The 1st reporter gave us Spygate. John Tomasse
    Anything for a retweet.

  7. jimnaizeeum says: Jan 20, 2016 5:22 PM

    Very nice, too bad there aren’t more stories on the players that do great things like this man.
    We seem to focuse most of our attention on people that are jerks.

  8. jimnaizeeum says: Jan 20, 2016 5:22 PM

    Very nice, too bad there aren’t more stories on the players that do great things like this man.
    We seem to focuse most of our attention on people that are jerks.

  9. stipez says: Jan 20, 2016 5:31 PM

    Walpole makes the news!

    22 stitches? This guy is a pretty bad window kicker-inner.

  10. lemmetalkwouldya says: Jan 20, 2016 5:33 PM

    If only outlets like TMZ and The Boston Globe did a little, you know, actual digging, they would have found the accident report listed from the date and time Fleming said that it happened.

    Instead of jumping to conclusions and smearing a good man’s reputation.

    Wait, we’re Patriots fans…. we’re USED to that!

  11. weepingjebus says: Jan 20, 2016 5:35 PM

    “Who was that masked man?”
    “I don’t know officer … but I think he was a Patriot!”

    All that’s missing is the Pats symbol in the night sky. Nananananana Pats Man!

  12. dagcity says: Jan 20, 2016 5:37 PM

    Something still a little off about this.

    Apparently there was no fire, and supposedly was just air bags that looked like there was smoke inside. Fine.

    But Fleming came out and said the car was on fire. I’m sure he would have felt the heat…? Doesn’t make much sense.

  13. factman66 says: Jan 20, 2016 5:38 PM

    Are Patriots fans seriously whining on this article?
    Most people would be proud of the fact that a player on their team was so selfless.
    It’s getting ridiculous, all Pats fans do is complain. Bunch of spoiled brats up there.

  14. wantsomecheesewiththatwhine says: Jan 20, 2016 6:02 PM

    gr365 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 5:22 PM

    Another Boston Globe reporter….Ben Voilin was too lazy to look up the Wapole Police Blotter. The 1st reporter gave us Spygate. John Tomasse
    Anything for a retweet.
    ——————————-
    the tomasse report was about taping the rams walkthrough, which he retracted due to lack of any evidence.

  15. Cunning Linguist says: Jan 20, 2016 6:07 PM

    For “Dagcity”:

    “Although Fleming said nothing about it publicly, his agent confirmed the story after his alma mater, St. Rita High School in Chicago, posted about the incident on Facebook. According to the high school, Fleming needed 22 stitches in his leg on Thursday as a result of the accident.”

  16. liongator says: Jan 20, 2016 6:14 PM

    I’ve never been high enough to mistake an air bag for smoke. wtf? And when someone is in distress and needs you to rescue them, do you leave the scene before the paramedics arrive?
    Was the door unlocked?

  17. lanman11 says: Jan 20, 2016 6:20 PM

    A Patriot broke out the window, and today, we are all Patriots.

    Signed,

    Bob Kraft

  18. gallaghedj311 says: Jan 20, 2016 6:25 PM

    Wow. Glad to hear there are decent human beings on the Patriots. Coulda fooled me

  19. Teddy BustH20's House of Noodles says: Jan 20, 2016 6:35 PM

    But Fleming came out and said the car was on fire. I’m sure he would have felt the heat…? Doesn’t make much sense.
    ————-
    You don’t make much sense. A small fire can generate smoke in a vehicle. It doesn’t take a raging inferno big enough to roast marshmallows on.

  20. vikingforlife says: Jan 20, 2016 7:35 PM

    Why does this just not sound right?? Much, much more to this story I believe…….. still, glad both people will be ok.

  21. Unchained81 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:22 PM

    Millionaire player has a playoff game in two days but thinks nothing of putting his leg through a car window to help a total stranger. Not an easy thing to do….a million things can go wrong. Then he gets out of there and seeks no attention. I love this story.

  22. nickinneohio says: Jan 20, 2016 8:30 PM

    ….The lady also reported her purse and necklace missing….

  23. liongator says: Jan 20, 2016 8:36 PM

    “This was not entered into the report as this was a standard motor vehicle crash report with no injury.”

    So she wasn’t hurt, and there was no fire…how is kicking her window in heroic?

  24. vikingforlife says: Jan 20, 2016 9:22 PM

    Unchained81: “player seeks no attention” Then how do we know it was him?

  25. vikingforlife says: Jan 20, 2016 9:27 PM

    Oh wait, I see, somehow, someway, his high school found out about it (wink wink) and it got leaked to the media. There ya go…..

  26. dadsource says: Jan 20, 2016 10:21 PM

    I wonder if he helped deflate the airbag…..

  27. ldloudin says: Jan 20, 2016 10:26 PM

    Not at ALL a Pats fan but we should all congratulate this guy for doing the right thing. Bravo, Darius Fleming!

  28. knowspinzone says: Jan 20, 2016 11:33 PM

    I love how it just pains Patriots haters to read a story like this. What a bunch of losers, just like their teams.

  29. agentfreak82 says: Jan 21, 2016 12:36 AM

    Breaking News—–Patriots released Fleming once they discovered he was not a scumbag. Brady would have showed up and turned to a ref for help.

  30. RegisHawk says: Jan 21, 2016 9:58 AM

    Jamie Foxx was better.

  31. davebarnes21 says: Jan 21, 2016 11:53 AM

    patriot way

  32. kevo95 says: Jan 21, 2016 2:18 PM

    Good for him ,they still are cheaters

  33. vikingforlife says: Jan 22, 2016 7:08 AM

    soooooooooo was it his agent who contacted his high school about it??? Just asking because no one answered my question.

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