Who knew assaulting a police officer could land you behind bars? Trevor Bates obviously didn’t realize this fact and is likely hoping he doesn’t lose his job over it.
The Detroit Lions linebacker was arrested for skipping a cab fare early Saturday morning, but he decided to make matters worse for himself when he flew into a complete rage that resulted in him punching a sergeant because he “didn’t like the people in the room,” according to The Post.
Trevor Bates, 25, was arrested around 3 a.m. for refusing to pay a livery cab fare in front of the Hampton Inn Hotel on Ditmars Boulevard in East Elmhurst, cops said.
Bates was taken to the 115th Precinct for processing, where he punched a sergeant in the left eye as the cop attempted fingerprint him, police said.
The sergeant had been trying to calm Bates, who was irate in his holding pen, police sources said.
Additional officers were called in to help secure Bates, who was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center for a psychiatric evaluation.
The 6-foot-2, 247 pound linebacker was primarily a special-teams player for the Lions this season, making three tackles and appearing in nine games.
As far as the officer he punched, he was taken to NewYork Presbyterian Hospital-Queens, where he was released after being treated for a concussion and received three stitches above his eye.
The Lions have since released a statement:
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