Former 49er Richard Sherman Arrested for Burglary, DUI, Hit & Run

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Former Seahawks & 49er cornerback Richard Sherman was arrested Wednesday morning after crashing his black Mercedes sedan and then trying to force entry into his in-laws’ Seattle area residence, according to Washington State Patrol.

Sherman, 33, was booked in Seattle County Jail on investigation of domestic-violence burglary at 6:08 a.m. He is also being investigated for drunken driving and a hit-and-run after he apparently drove into a construction site on Highway 520, struck a concrete barrier, and left the scene in his badly damaged vehicle, according to the State Patrol.

A 911 call at 1:28 a.m., from a construction worker on the highway identified Sherman’s vehicle as the hit and run car, who plowed into the roadside construction while men were working on it overnight.  No one was reported hurt at the site.

Just before 2 a.m., Redmond police received a 911 call from the in-laws’ home, reporting that Sherman was trying to break in, Police Chief Darrell Lowe said.

Officers and state troopers responded and tried to calm the situation by developing a rapport with the football star, authorities said. One trooper told Sherman how, as a teenager, he worked as a valet and once parked Sherman’s car.

Initially Sherman calmed down, but Sherman’s demeanor changed when the officers told him he was under arrest, Lowe said. He began walking away rapidly and fought as police tried to take him into custody; a K-9 officer working as backup released the dog to subdue him.

Sherman got minor cuts to his lower leg and was treated at a hospital before being taken to jail, his initial court hearing is expected today, Thursday. A judge will determine if there is probable cause to believe he committed a crime.

Sherman’s Wife’s Call to 911

Ashley Moss, Sherman’s wife called 911 on Tuesday night and in a chilling plea for help told a dispatcher Sherman had been drinking and had threatened to kill himself, according to a recording of the call obtained through a public disclosure request. In a subsequent call, she said Sherman may have been going to her parents’ house in Redmond and confirmed she called ahead to tell them.

Police told the press that the burglary charge is a felony that includes a domestic violence component because it was the home of relatives. Sherman did not enter the home, strike or try to hit any family members.

In a statement this morning, the NFL noted that Sherman remains a free agent but the league will investigate his case for possible discipline.

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