SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.— Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was arrested Friday after his BMW apparently hit a curb in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale.
Officers responding to a report of a crash early Friday followed a fluid trail to a grocery store parking lot where they found Suggs’ car with fresh damage.
Police Sgt. Ben Hoster said Suggs wasn’t impaired and told officers he possibly fell asleep before the crash.
Hoster said Suggs was arrested and booked on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a suspended license. He has been released.
“Terrell alerted us early this morning about the situation and we are looking into it,” Ravens Senior Vice President of Public &Community Relations Kevin Byrne said.
Suggs’ representative at EAG Sports Management, Denise White, issued a statement that read in part: “Police were called and upon speaking to Terrell found his license to be suspended for speeding tickets. … Terrell will let the judicial process take its course and fix his license issues.”
The 33-year-old Suggs is a six-time Pro Bowl linebacker and a lynchpin of the Ravens’ defense. He tore his Achilles’ tendon in the 2015 opener at Denver and missed the rest of the year.
Although Suggs has kept a low profile since the injury, general manager Ozzie Newsome expects the linebacker back in 2016.
“In my last conversation with him, his answer to me was, ‘I don’t want to leave the game the way I left it out in Denver.’ So, I think he is using that as motivation,” Newsome said in January. “I’m just looking forward to him getting back in here when he does, being involved in the OTAs, going through training camp and just seeing where he is.”
Suggs is the franchise career leader with 106 1/2 sacks and was The Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, when he recorded a career-high 14 sacks and led the league with seven forced fumbles.
The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Suggs played college football at Arizona State before being draft by Baltimore with the 10th overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft.
After Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis retired following the 2012 season, Suggs stepped up to assume leadership of a defense that perennially is among the best in the NFL. Suggs has led Baltimore in sacks in seven of his 13 seasons.