LAKE COUNTY, Florida - Jacksonville Jaguars player Lerentee McCray was arrested over the weekend in Lake County.
In a police report obtained by Action News Jax on January 16, just before noon. 01:00, a patrol officer from the Fruitland Park Police Department observed a Dodge Ram driving too fast on SR 205 and initiated a traffic stop.
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The FPPD said the driver did not stop and was seen making a "pronounced (sic) hand gesture using his middle finger" out the window. During the chase, officers reached speeds of up to 100 km / h, with McCray swinging across several lanes before finally stopping.
At a 7-11 gas station, an officer from the Tavares Police Department assisted another officer with another traffic stop as McCray got up, got up, and gave a fist to another officer he knew from the Astatula Police Department.
McCray opened the TPD officer's fuel door in an attempt to buy him some gas, according to a TPD report. The officer said there was no need to do so, and after a bit of back and forth, McCray grabbed the officer's right wrist and "squeezed hard," the report said.
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McCray was asked to walk back toward his vehicle and he "opened the back of his truck and pulled out a child-sized bicycle and placed it on his bonnet," the TPD report said.
McCray "spoke in circles" and did not respond to officers, the report said, and he then went behind his truck and "lay down on the ground as if he wanted handcuffs. The officer told other officers to detain McCray" because of his erratic behavior , "said the TPD report.
Law enforcement members said the player appeared to be in a "changed mental status" and transported McCray to a nearby medical assessment hospital. When McCraw was later interviewed by officers from the Fruitland Park Police Department, he replied, "Oh, that was you? My fault."
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Police found marijuana and a shotgun inside McCray's truck, according to the TPD report.
McCray played college football for the Florida Gators from 2008 to 2012. In 2013, he signed with the Denver Broncos, where he played two seasons. McCray has been with Jags since 2017.
McCray was accused of fleeing / attempting to escape law enforcement. He was released after providing a $ 5,000 bail.
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According to court records, McCray's next trial date is scheduled for February 14.
Action News Jax received the following statement from the Jaguars:
"We are aware of the situation and are seeking more information. We have no further comment at this time."
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