SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was arrested Friday on a suspended driver’s license after investigators say his car hit a curb and he told them he may have been asleep.
In this Aug. 13, 2015, file photo, Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs watches the action from the bench area during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New Orleans Saints, in Baltimore. Authorities say Terrell Suggs was arrested after his BMW apparently hit a curb in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale. Officers responding to a report of a crash early Friday, March 4, 2016, followed a fluid trail to a grocery store parking lot where they found the 33-year-old NFL player’s car with fresh damage. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
Officers responding to a report of a crash in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale followed a fluid trail to a grocery store parking lot where they found Suggs’ BMW sedan with fresh damage.
Suggs was not impaired and told officers he possibly fell asleep before the crash, police Sgt. Ben Hoster said.
He was released after being arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a suspended license, Hoster said.
“Terrell alerted us early this morning about the situation and we are looking into it,” Ravens Senior Vice President of Public & Community Relations Kevin Byrne said.
Suggs’ representative at EAG Sports Management, Denise White, issued a statement that read in part: “Police were called and upon speaking to Terrell found his license to be suspended for speeding tickets. … Terrell will let the judicial process take its course and fix his license issues.”
The 33-year-old Suggs is a six-time Pro Bowl linebacker and a lynchpin of the Ravens defense. He tore his Achilles tendon in the 2015 opener at Denver and missed the rest of the year.
Although Suggs has kept a low profile since the injury, general manager Ozzie Newsome expects the linebacker back in 2016.
“In my last conversation with him, his answer to me was, ‘I don’t want to leave the game the way I left it out in Denver.’ So, I think he is using that as motivation,” Newsome said in January. “I’m just looking forward to him getting back in here when he does, being involved in the OTAs, going through training camp and just seeing where he is.”
Suggs is the franchise career leader with 106 ½ sacks and was The Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, when he recorded a career-high 14 sacks and led the league with seven forced fumbles.
The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Suggs played college football at Arizona State before Baltimore drafted him as the 10th overall pick in 2003.
After Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis retired following the 2012 season, Suggs stepped up to assume leadership of a defense that perennially is among the best in the NFL. Suggs has led Baltimore in sacks in seven of his 13 seasons.
On the practice field and in the locker room, he keeps the mood light by joking with his teammates. On Sundays, when not chasing the quarterback, he’s constantly chatting with the officials and opposing players.