Demaryius Thomas is in custody for “vehicular assault”

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Free-agent receiver Demaryius Thomas currently is in custody in Colorado on charges of vehicular assault, according to FOX31 in Denver.

The charges, per the report, relate to a February 16 single-vehicle accident. Thomas suffered minor injuries when the car he was driving rolled over.

Under Colorado law, “vehicular assault” occurs when a person drives recklessly or under the influence of alcohol and the driving causes serious bodily injury to another person. According to reports from the time of the accident, a female passenger in the vehicle suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries in the accident.

It’s a strict-liability offense, requiring no intent to injure. It’s also a felony under Colorado law.

Thomas was released last month by the Texans. Houston traded for Thomas during the 2018 season with the Broncos, which drafted him in the first round of the 2010 draft.

34 responses to “Demaryius Thomas is in custody for “vehicular assault”

  1. An NFL players gets sued through the nose by someone who was in a car accident with, but did not have a life threatening injury….surprise…surprise.

  2. Totally agree with The Hurricane on this one. I mean ok if he was drunk or reckless shame on him and it is bad enough. But vehicular assault in any other state I know of requires intent. Pretty sure generic assault pretty much does.

  3. Weird choice of wording by the Colorado Law Makers. In Minnesota that crime would be called Criminal Vehicular Operation. The term “Vehicular Assault” certainly implies that there was some intent to injure.

  4. objectivefbfan says:
    February 28, 2019 at 11:34 am
    Totally agree with The Hurricane on this one. I mean ok if he was drunk or reckless shame on him and it is bad enough. But vehicular assault in any other state I know of requires intent. Pretty sure generic assault pretty much does.
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    Disagree with both of you. Having experienced the fallout of a 20yr-old relative killed 40yrs ago by a drunken speeding biker, and the devestation it has caused to the family ever since, including the grandparents who never got over the loss of their only son and both died heartbroken soon after, and how it still affects the daughter and extended family, I say a person who gets in a vehicle when drunk and drives recklessly is doing so intentionally and effectively attempting manslaughter/murder. “Vehicular assault” seems almost quaint to me.

  5. I you are familiar with Denver, it’s hard to imagine how he managed to flip the car in the area of the crash. The local article provides some insight. He was going 70 in a 30 zone. There was probably ice in the area since it was 12:20am in February.

    DT is very lucky. Hope he learns from this.

  6. Note that the statute applies with either drunken or reckless driving. Given that no DUI charges were apparently issued, it seems that Thomas was charged due to reckless driving (70 in a 35) and wasn’t deemed to be under the influence.

  7. Nobody said he was drunk, the law states that the condition for the crime “occurs when a person drives recklessly or under the influence of alcohol and the driving causes serious bodily injury to another person”.

    He could’ve been speeding or trying to corner a sporty car and failed to execute said turn properly and flipped his car over.

    He knows the other person in the car with him, and that woman would be directly aware of any conditions regarding his driving during this crash. We will see what the story is shortly. They also know he has millions and will be able to be pursued in civil court if reckless behavior on his behalf resulted in serious injury.

  8. Totally agree with The Hurricane on this one. I mean ok if he was drunk or reckless shame on him and it is bad enough. But vehicular assault in any other state I know of requires intent. Pretty sure generic assault pretty much does.

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    The law is written that its Vehicular Assault if you injure someone while driving recklessly or under the influence. This isnt just some guy doing 5 over the speed limit hitting an ice patch. He was allegedly doing 70 in a 30 zone with icy road conditions. Most states could charge him with reckless driving

  9. The NFL used to provide free, no-questions-asked transportation around the clock to any employee who felt too impaired to drive. I can’t imagine they would drop this when the number of players getting arrested for DUI seems to increase each off-season?

    If this benefit is still in place, a first DUI should be a year suspension; a second one, out of the league permanently.

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    February 28, 2019 at 12:31 pm
    draft picks stripped!
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    From who? He’s a free agent. SMDH.

  11. Based on what we know, this seems like an over charge that will be pled down. This is especially true if it’s DWI. If it’s just reckless driving with no DWI, they are going to have a hard time proving it. The fact that they have strict liability felonies in CO seems crazy.

  12. Now the Patriots can offer him the league minimum and put him on a rehab contract like they have done with so many other players and turned them around.

  13. It will be interesting how the NFL reacts to the most recent conduct violations. We can certainly compare the violations as we know them.

  14. @red,
    ‘Excuse me, Uber….I think I might drive too fast and act like a NASCAR driver here in a minute….can I get a ride please’. The charge says specifically driving wrecklessly or while under the influence.

  15. Throwing this out there assault is not a specific-intent crime and doesn’t require the “intent” to harm as a few have mentioned. The fact that its a strict liability crime is pretty consistent with Michigan law. If you are drunk in Michigan and are in an accident, it’s your fault even if, under normal circumstances, you would not be at fault for the accident.

  16. Craig (The Hurricane) Tanner says:
    February 28, 2019 at 11:16 am
    Sheesh, the charge makes it sound like he was hunting someone down with his car.
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    As well it should. The decision to drive drunk is made while sober and executed while impaired. He CHOSE to roll the dice and endanger anyone and everyone within his sphere of influence while in transit. He could have planned ahead and got a DD, cab, uber, lyft, ride from a friend, public transportation (if available) or even a league/union sponsored solution. Instead, for his own convenience via his own negligence he chose to either drive under the influence or, if sober, drive with reckless abandon that could reasonably result in serious injury or death to anyone unlucky enough to be in the vicinity when things went bad. No excuse either way.

  17. Raiderhater- tyla is a DOPE. Just another patriot fan who thinks there’s no fire with all the smoke surrounding those cheaters. Just remember, patriots haters can never take the SB wins away just like pats (blind) loyalists can never take away the asterisks

  18. d4phnewb says:
    February 28, 2019 at 1:06 pm
    how does government get to turn an accident into an assault?

    When idiot citizens don’t understand that a car is more deadly than an assault rifle. The caprice with which people drive underscores their wanton disregard for human life, until it’s someone they care about.

  19. isithockeyseasonyet says:
    February 28, 2019 at 2:41 pm
    Raiderhater- tyla is a DOPE. Just another patriot fan who thinks there’s no fire with all the smoke surrounding those cheaters. Just remember, patriots haters can never take the SB wins away just like pats (blind) loyalists can never take away the asterisks

    He’s a faux pats fan here to stir the pot. But I get why folks would say that since every single pats story is replete with demands for picks to be stolen from them, again.

  20. gohawks7 says:
    February 28, 2019 at 1:24 pm
    He was never the same after Kam destroyed him in the Super Bowl. He developed a serious case of T-Rex arms after that….

    My Yes, this is certainly what the NFL needs more of, receivers afraid to catch a ball for fear of becoming a quadriplegic resulting from cheap or unnecessarily violent hits.

  21. I have no problem with these charges. He made the decision to drive while intoxicated and someone else got hurt. Like another poster said, call an Uber. It’s not that expensive and it’s better than risking the lives of everyone you could possibly kill while driving while intoxicated.

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