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Ex-Giant Barry Cofield arrested for heroin possession, assaulting officer

Cofield allegedly led police on chase, rammed officer’s car

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Barry Cofield in 2009
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Former New York Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield was arrested in Florida on Tuesday and charged with heroin possession and ramming a police car.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Shortly after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Lake Mary police found Cofield passed out in his Cadillac Escalade near Interstate 4 and Lake Mary Boulevard, according to an arrest report. Cofield’s foot was on the brake, and the traffic light had cycled several times without his car moving.

Police spent several minutes trying to wake Cofield. As an officer tried moving his car in front of Cofield’s, the Escalade accelerated through the light, police said.

Authorities say Cofield led police on a pursuit. During the chase, Cofield’s car “did not stop, but did not take evasive manuevers to avoid me,” a Seminole County deputy wrote in an arrest report.

Deputies say Cofield side-swiped a car near Lake Mary Boulevard and International Parkway before driving away.

Authorities were able to stop Cofield’s car near a gate in the Steeple Chase subdivision. Cofield rammed a Seminole County deputy’s car as it tried blocking him in, according to an arrest report.

Cofield, 34, was a 2006 fourth-round pick by the Giants. He played for them for five seasons, spent four years with the Washington Redskins, then returned to the Giants for three games at the end of the 2015 season. He has not played in the NFL since.

Cofield has reportedly been charged with heroin possession, fleeing and eluding, aggravated assault of a police officer and was cited for refusing to submit to a breath test and careless driving.