Culliver, 25, is suspected of striking a bicyclist on Friday
morning while driving in San Jose, a city about 50 miles south of
San Francisco, and speeding away in his white Ford Mustang, the San
Jose Police Department said in a statement.
After the collision, Culliver then smashed into the vehicle of a
witness who attempted to block Culliver's car from fleeing the
scene, police said.
The driver was later able to corner Culliver's vehicle until
authorities arrived, police said.
A search of the athlete's car turned up a pair of illegal brass
knuckles, police said.
Culliver was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail for felony
hit-and-run, felony reckless driving with injury and felony
possession of brass knuckles, police said. He also faces charges of
misdemeanor hit-and-run in connection with hitting a car and
misdemeanor driving on a suspended license.
The bicyclist, who suffered minor injuries, was treated and released
at the scene, police said.
San Francisco 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said he was aware
of the "recent matter involving Chris Culliver."
"We will remain in contact with Chris and the local authorities as
we continue to gather the facts regarding this situation," Baalke
said in an emailed statement. "As this is an ongoing legal matter,
we will reserve further comment at this time," he said.
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Culliver, who played football at the University of South Carolina,
was drafted by the 49ers in 2011. He stirred up controversy last
year when he told reporters that he would not welcome a gay teammate
into the locker room.
(Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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