Jermaine Lewis arrested, Tasered after erratic driving

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Former NFL receiver Jermaine Lewis, who returned a kickoff for a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXV, has been charged with reckless driving and resisting arrest.

The incident occurred after witnesses reported that a vehicle was moving erratically, running over a volunteer fire company sign before stopping at Lewis’ home.  The Baltimore Sun reports that police found Lewis there, smelling of alcohol.  He allegedly resisted attempts to be handcuffed.

I ain’t hurt no one,” Lewis allegedly shouted.  “I’m in my house.”  Following his arrest, which was assisted via a Taser, Lewis reportedly shouted, “I did it!”

Lewis has been charged with resisting arrest and multiple traffic offenses.  He was not charged with DUI because police believed Lewis possibly consumed alcohol after returning home.

Lewis, 36, played nine years in the NFL.  After six years in Baltimore, he spent one season with the Texans and two with the Jaguars.

23 responses to “Jermaine Lewis arrested, Tasered after erratic driving

  1. Very good return guy years ago. I wonder if his son that died young is the root of the ridiculous drinking problems. Dude had multiple people call 911 about his driving and even one person follow him! Heard Son! Already a suspended license too? Awww shatnasties, that’s not good. Get some help.

  2. “grpatriot says:
    Aug 17, 2011 7:22 AM
    I love when these guys get tazed.”
    And i love it when the Pats get bounced in the first playoff round by the Ravens, then Jets.

    Too bad his return ability couldnt out run the police. I’m a little unclear on what rights the police have to go into someone’s home and arrest them on the basis of one person’s testimony, too.

  3. Why did they arrest him at his home if they’re not charging him for DUI? Are they going to say they arrested him for resisting arrest after they tasered him? LOL.

  4. “I ain’t hurt no one,” Lewis allegedly shouted. “I’m in my house.” Following his arrest, which was assisted via a Taser, Lewis reportedly shouted, “I did it!”
    Oh boy.

  5. do you have to open the door for the police? it’s not like there was a party going on at his house..

  6. tatum064 says:
    Aug 17, 2011 8:48 AM
    “grpatriot says:
    Aug 17, 2011 7:22 AM
    I love when these guys get tazed.”
    And i love it when the Pats get bounced in the first playoff round by the Ravens, then Jets.


    I agree, it’s almost as awesome as watching Oakland sweep all 6 divisional games….and still finish in third place in said division!!

  7. Why do dorks on here always lament the poor language skills of NFL players? That’s why they are athletes and you’re an office-nerd-9 to 5-hate your life-guy.


  8. “Stop tazing me bro!”

    Seriously though, sad to see this happen…I also wonder whether the emotional loss he suffered has led to a life of excess drinking. Here’s hoping you right the ship Jermaine!

  9. It’s a free country, except for the fact that it’s a totalitarian nazi police state where the pigs will taze or kill you for any reason or no reason at all. Wake up to fascism and do something about it…

  10. Police- Knock, knock
    Lewis – Who’s there?
    Police – It’s the police we need to talk.
    What Lewis should have said – Get off of my propery and get a warrant if you want to come back.

  11. tatumo64 said
    “i’m a little unclear on what rights’ police have to go into someone’s home and arrest them on one person’s testimony, too.”

    that’s all it takes in any case, one person accusing you of a crime. think about it and you’ll realize that’s true. how many accuser’s were there in the duke lacrosse rape case?

  12. Police didn’t need a warrant. They had cause to question Lewis. Witnesses reported his traffic violations and described the vehicle involved. Police traced vehicle to Lewis. That’s plenty for police to question Lewis. After questioning Lewis he admitted his involvement, THATS when they attempted to arrest him. Its not like they showed up at his door with handcuffs ready. And yes, its a free country until you commit crimes, then not so much…

  13. @ youreyesareweird:

    Where do you get from this article that he admitted involvement BEFORE they arrested him? This states that when he was handcuffed and pissed off, he shouted “I did it!”, probably sarcastically. I suppose you’re one of those people who likes to smirk, “Well if you aren’t doing anything wrong, you don’t have to worry about it.” Just wait until the government makes something that you do illegal, then you will be wailing and moaning about the loss of your 1st and 4th amendment rights.

    Btw, can anyone confirm that police actually had the license plate number of the car and positively identified Lewis driving the car? If they can’t prove reckless driving and aren’t charging him with DUI, this whole thing falls apart because they had no reason to arrest him IN HIS HOME in the first place. Last I checked, automakers still manufacture more than one car of each model and make, and police still had a constitutional obligation to confirm an actual crime before arresting someone. I’m not defending drunk driving here, but I am defending speaking out against unreasonable searches and seizures.

  14. His car was in the driveway, w/ the front end damaged from hitting the fire department sign. Im not an attorney, doesn’t that give the police probable cause? Im not sure what the laws are in Baltimore County, but that is a top police department. As far as his son that died, he was stillborn before SB XXXV & the Ravens didn’t know if he would play or not. He & his wife named him Geronimo & when he returned the kickoff for the TD & pointed @ the heavens, he was pointing @ his son.

    As far as this:
    eklypse69 says:Aug 17, 2011 4:35 PM

    Stay classy Baltimore.

    The guy last wore a Ravens uniform in 2001 & played for 2 other teams thru 2004 after leaving Baltimore. How does this equate to Stay Classy Baltimore? It’s not like he’s Big Ben or James Harrison in Pittsburgh, still active & doing dumb stuff.

  15. @eklypse69.
    As previously noted Lewis last played for Baltimore in 2001 & played for 2 other teams thru 2004

    So according to your logic the steelers would still be responsible for the legal infractions of Plaxico Burruss and Santonio Holmes ???

  16. An average lawyer will get him off. Police just can’t walk into your house period.
    Any statements he made too police will be inadmissible in court.
    Your looking at disorderly conduct at the most.

  17. I want to point out that I’ve not seen “eklypse69” ever post before in any Steeler entry, and he’s given no indication here of his allegiance. Please remember before lumping this cretin in with any fanbase that there are 32 teams in the NFL, and unfortunately all have at least a handful of idiots with access to the interwebs.

    “Lewis was charged with resisting arrest and numerous traffic infractions, including driving on a revoked or suspended license, failure to control speed to avoid a collision and failure to report an accident.”

    Sounds like they chose to give him the less serious ‘local hero’ charges. For most folks these charges would be “Reckless driving” and “Leaving the scene of an accident with property damage”. He dodged the DUI on a technicality, so let’s hope he gets the message and straightens up.

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