Seau: Felony Assault Charge, Minor Crash Injuries

Following his release early Monday from a San Diego jail after being arrested on a charge of felony spousal assault with injury, Junior Seau later drove his SUV off a cliff today.

Junior Seau drove SUV off cliff

CBS 8 in San Diego reports of the crash:

Seau drove his vehicle off a cliff in Carlsbad. A witness told News 8 that he was seen driving about 70 miles per hour and made no attempt to brake or slow down.

Seau Witness Statement

(UPDATE: It appears CBS 8 took down the above witness account but the Tampa Bay CBS affiliate has not yet removed it. It can also be accessed with a Google search - for now.)

Junior Seau drove SUV off cliff

The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports the drop from the roadside cliff to the beach was approximately 30 feet.

Junior Seau drove SUV off cliff

San Diego 6 reports the SUV crash took place, “near Interstate 5 and Palomar Airport Road.

On if drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash, Carlsbad police Lt. Kelly Cain told the NORTH COUNTY TIMES, “At this point, it doesn’t appear that there was any of that involved.

KGTV in San Diego reports of Seau’s arrest and his current condition:

Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau has been arrested on a charge of felony spousal assault with injury, according to Oceanside police.

Seau was arrested around midnight Sunday for the incident, which allegedly occurred against his live-in girlfriend.

After he was released from custody, Seau drove his Cadillac Escalade off a cliff in Carlsbad, Carlsbad police told 10News.

Junior Seau drove SUV off cliff

Additionally, a witness called 10News around 9:00 a.m. to report that she saw Seau drive a car off a cliff directly in front of her near Carlsbad Boulevard and Solamar Drive.

Seau was pulled out of the vehicle with only cuts and bruises and taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, police said.

The NC Times also has an account of a witness to Seau’s crash:

Carlsbad resident Murray “Moose” Lee said he witnessed the crash and was standing just north of where the SUV left the road in a spot where there is no guard rail. At 10:45 a.m., tracks were still visible in the sand leading to the cliff edge.

“It went whipping right by me,” he said. “It didn’t even look real.”

Lee said he watched from above as lifeguards removed Seau from the vehicle.

“I known Junior; I’ve met him many times and he always seemed like a nice guy,” Lee said. “I mean he’s Junior Seau —- he’s a town hero.”

The Oceanside Police Dept. released the following statement to the press regarding Seau’s arrest:

Junior Seau was arrested for the alleged assault of his … live-in girlfriend. The victim reportedly sustained minor injuries that did not require medical treatment. On October 17, 2010 at 10:13 p.m. police were dispatched to the Seau residence on South Strand in Oceanside to investigate the report of a domestic violence assault.

The 25-year-old victim reported that Junior Seau assaulted her during a verbal argument. Seau was not at the residence when police arrived.

Seau called the victim while police were on scene and spoke to the officers; he agreed to return to the home. Shortly after midnight Seau drove back to the scene and he was arrested without incident as he approached the residence.

TMZ.com was first to report of Seau’s arrest on Monday morning.

UPDATE: TMZ.com reports:

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Seau told police that he simply nodded off in the driver’s seat of his Cadillac Escalade in the hours after he was arrested for allegedly attacking his 25-year-old girlfriend — and never intended to drive off the cliff.

We’re told Seau showed no outward signs of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs … but a blood test was taken shortly after the incident and results are expected back sometime in the next 6 weeks.

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