Barry Cofield, a former New York Giants defensive lineman who played a key role in their Super Bowl XLII victory over the New England Patriots, was arrested in Florida for possession of Heroin following a police pursuit in which he rammed a squad car.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, police found Cofield, 34, passed out behind the wheel of his Cadillac Escalade around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in Seminole County. Cofield reportedly had his foot rested on the brake pedal, leaving his vehicle idle at a traffic light for several minutes.
Police said Cofield sped off as a deputy tried moving his car in front of Cofield’s vehicle. Police then gave chase and Cofield “did not stop, but did not take evasive maneuvers to avoid me,” according to a Seminole County deputy’s account. Cofield then sideswiped a car before deputies managed to stop the Escalade near a gated subdivision, where Cofield reportedly rammed a police car as it tried to block him from getting away, according to an arrest report.
Cofield then refused orders to get out of his vehicle and a deputy started smashing one of his windows before he finally opened a door and stepped out, the report states. A subsequent search of Cofield’s pockets turned up two small bags containing a red powdery substance that tested positive for heroin. He was then placed under arrest. Police said Cofield’s breath also smelled of alcohol and he refused a sobriety test.
In addition to the drug charge, Cofield was cited for reckless driving and refusing to submit a breath test. He was taken to the Seminole County Jail, where he was later released after posting bond.