An off-the-field incident has landed a Western Michigan player in hot water with both the police and his coaching staff.
According to mlive.com, Tevin Drake was arrested Aug. 1 and slapped with multiple charges following an alleged domestic incident in Brooksville, Fla. Those charges include domestic battery, resisting with violence, resisting without violence and battery of a law enforcement officer.
The newspaper obtained an online police report of the incident, and here’s a recap of what transpired very early the morning of Aug. 1. And, yes, a Tasering was involved:
The release states that officers responded at 12:33 a.m. on Aug. 1 to a residence in Brooksville, Fla., in reference to a battery, where a woman told officers Drake battered her.
The press release says Drake became uncooperative and combative as he pushed an officer out of a doorway before fleeing on foot. After a 20-minute foot pursuit Drake returned to the original residence and resisted officers, who used a Taser to subdue Drake before transporting him to the Hernando County Jail, where he is held without bond.
As a result of the incident, the running back has been suspended indefinitely by head coach P.J. Fleck, the school confirmed in a statement. His future won’t be determined until the legal process has run its course.
“He made a very very poor choice,” Fleck said. “I am so proud of his progress he had made up until that decision. We hadn’t had one issue with Tevin in seven months. He really bought into this program, but it shows one decision can truly turn around your entire future. I think it’s important for our football program to see that, even with an elite player like himself. It’s not like he was some guy that never played and it’s easy to get rid of him. We’re going to suspend him indefinitely.
“I talk to him almost daily and we have elite conversations and he understands everything and truly takes accountability for it. … You can make your life what it is, but you’re going to make mistakes and there will be consequences for them. How long, I’m not sure. We’re going to gather all of the facts and wait for the legal process to take its course.”
In 2012, Drake was fourth on the team in rushing with 107 yards.