Ndamukong Suh Accused of Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 11, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions warms up before their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on September 16, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh reportedly sideswiped a car, berated the driver multiple times and then left the scene of the crime. 

Update: Friday, October 12, 12:33 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Dearborn Police Department has closed the case and that no tickets will be issued.

Dearborn police say the traffic incident involving Lions DT Ndamukong Suh is closed, no tickets will be issued.

— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) October 12, 2012


The department ruled that it was a minor traffic accident and that fault can't be determined. While it would appear that Suh is cleared by the law, there's no doubt this incident is yet another mark against him in the court of public opinion.

---End of Update---

Fox 2 News' Amy Lange has the details:

Ndamukong Suh, bad boy of the Detroit Lions, notorious for his temper on the field, is accused of displaying some of that on the road Thursday morning.

Suh is accused of sideswiping Steve Vines, berating him and leaving the scene of the accident, damaging a Ford Escort that actually belongs to Vines' children.

Steve Vines was on his way to work early Thursday morning when Suh, driving a black Range Rover, began to tailgate him. Eventually, the big defensive tackle reportedly floored it around Vines only to sideswipe him and get stuck at the next light.

When Vines got out of the car to question Suh, the 25-year-old Lions star only yelled at him and sped off.

Vines proceeded to call the cops and then follow Suh to the Lions practice facility, where the big man continued to berate Vines and advised him to "leave now."

This is exactly the type of story that Lions fans were hoping not to see in the news, as Suh has been in his fair share of negative light over the past year.

The former No. 2 overall pick has always been criticized for dirty play, but that hit an all-time high last year when he stomped on the arm of Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith during a Thanksgiving game.

Additionally, he was hit with a lawsuit after crashing his car last December

The Detroit Lions (1-3) have had an extremely tough start to the season, and this newest incident—which will only go further in wrecking the team's overall image—is the last thing they need right now. 

For a look at the entire incident and more quotes from Vines, check out Lange's story at MyFoxDetroit.com.