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Former NFL DL Barry Cofield Charged with Heroin Possession, Assaulting Officer

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2018

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 15:  Barry Cofield #96 of the Washington Redskins on the field between play during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 15, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Redskins 38-20.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Former New York Giants and Washington Redskins defensive tackle Barry Cofield was arrested Tuesday on charges of heroin possession, fleeing and alluding, and aggravated assault on a police officer, the Orlando Sentinel's Michael Williams reported Thursday.

According to Williams, Cofield was released from custody after posting bond.

Authorities reported that they arrived at an intersection Lake Mary, Florida, to find Cofield asleep with his foot on the brake of his Cadillac Escalade. He then allegedly awoke and drove away, leading authorities on a chase that ended shortly after he rammed into a police car.

Spectrum News 13 in Orlando shared Cofield's mugshot:

Spectrum News 13 @MyNews13

Seminole County deputies say they found Barry Cofield unconscious in the driver's seat of an SUV, blocking traffic at an intersection. But when they got him to wake up, he took off, forcing a pursuit: https://t.co/r2aS80YUvo

Spectrum News reported police searched his vehicle and discovered a red powdery substance in a pants pocket that "presumptively field tested positive for heroin."

Cofield is a 10-year NFL veteran who last played in 2015. He was a member of the Giants in 2007 when they defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

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