San Francisco 49ers' Culliver arrested on hit-and-run, weapons charges

Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:16am EDT
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By Laila Kearney

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver was arrested in California on Friday on felony hit-and-run and weapons charges, authorities said.

Culliver, 25, is suspected of striking a bicyclist on Friday morning while driving in San Jose, a city about 50 miles south of San Francisco, and speeding away in his white Ford Mustang, the San Jose Police Department said in a statement.

After the collision, Culliver then smashed into the vehicle of a witness who attempted to block Culliver's car from fleeing the scene, police said.

The driver was later able to corner Culliver's vehicle until authorities arrived, police said.

A search of the athlete's car turned up a pair of illegal brass knuckles, police said.

Culliver was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail for felony hit-and-run, felony reckless driving with injury and felony possession of brass knuckles, police said. He also faces charges of misdemeanor hit-and-run in connection with hitting a car and misdemeanor driving on a suspended license.

The bicyclist, who suffered minor injuries, was treated and released at the scene, police said.

San Francisco 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said he was aware of the "recent matter involving Chris Culliver."   Continued...

San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver stretches before their NFL's Super Bowl XLVII football practice at the Saints facility in New Orleans February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes