Junior Seau: Arrested For Domestic Violence, Then Drives Car Off Cliff

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 13:  Junior Seau #55 of the New England Patriots gestures during warm ups against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Jay BrownContributor IOctober 18, 2010

It was an incredibly long night and an interesting early morning for former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau.

The 12-time Pro Bowler's arrest stemmed from a domestic violence incident at his Oceanside, Calif. home.

The Oceanside Police Department was called yesterday evening and then dispatched to Seau's home on South Strand around 10 p.m. to investigate allegations of domestic violence. Police arrived to find only Seau's 25-year-old live-in girlfriend at the residence.

According to police reports, Seau and his girlfriend were having a verbal argument which escalated to a physical altercation. Seau's girlfriend was slightly injured during the incident, but she did not need to be treated by medical personnel.

Seau called his home while the police were there and spoke with an officer. He returned to his home around midnight and was shortly thereafter arrested.

He was booked into jail at the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of felony spousal abuse with minor injury. Seau posted bail and was released approximately 90 minutes after his two a.m. jail appearance.

From what I HEARD (remember I am still visually impaired) on ESPN, and from the hourly "Seau Update" phone calls from my girlfriend, it seems Seau's morning took an interesting turn for the worst, no pun intended.

After being released from th Vista Detention Facility, Seau, while driving southbound on Highway 101, just north of South Carlsbad State Beach and Campground, veered off the road (where there were no guard rails) and drove his SUV off what looks to be a 25-30 foot cliff.

His 2004 Escalade landed on the beach below the bluff and looks to have sustained significant damages.

Seau was the only person involved in this one—vehicle accident. He was transported via ambulance to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla with scrapes and minor injuries, as reported by the Carlsbad Police Department.

According to my girlfriend and, after a full work—up at Scripps La Jolla, Seau broke the silence, telling police he "did not attempt suicide, he simply fell asleep at the wheel."

According to the North County Times, the Pro Bowler's alma mater, Oceanside High, inducted him into their Hall of Fame.

The future NFL Hall of Fame linebacker is currently listed as a free agent and hasn't officially announced his retirement from football.

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