QUEENS — A football player attacked an NYPD officer after he was arrested for refusing to pay his cab fare early Saturday, police said.
Police responded to a report of a man refusing to pay his $32 fare for a taxi ride in front of the Hampton Inn in East Elmhurst at about 1:30 a.m.
The 25-year-old man, identified as NFL player Trevor Bates, was taken into custody and taken to a Jackson Heights police precinct, police said.
At the precinct house, Bates was told that as long as there were no outstanding warrants, he would receive only a desk appearance ticket and be allowed to leave, Brown said. The prosecutor said Bates refused to be fingerprinted and became increasingly agitated.
As NYPD Sgt. James O’Brien attempted to calm him down, Bates punched the cop in the face, according to police. Bates was hit with a stun gun in order to subdue him, according to authorities.
O’Brien received three stitches above his eye and was treated for a minor concussion, police said.
Bates was taken to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
He also faces charges of second-degree assault, obstructing governmental administration, theft of services and resisting arrest.
If convicted, Bates faces between probation and up to seven years in prison.
Bates is a linebacker for the Detroit Lions of the NFL. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2016 and was part of the practice squad with the New England Patriots and New York Giants, according to his football stats.
Detroit Lions General Manager Bob Quinn released the following statement after Bates’ arrest:
“We are aware of he arrest of Trevor Bates earlier today in New York. We have not spoken to Trevor as of yet and are still in the process of gathering more information. The Detroit Lions will have no further comment at this time.”