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The Series Of Unfortunate Events That Led Up To Elvis Dumervil Threatening People With His Gun In Standstill Traffic
Elvis Dumervil got out of his vehicle in bumper-to-bumper traffic and showed off his gun during a road rage incident. For that, the Pro Bowl linebacker was arrested in South Beach at 5 p.m. on Saturday, and he faces a third-degree felony charge that carries a maximum of five years in jail.
This is dumb enough on its own (“Hey! Look! I’m carrying a gun! In standstill traffic! I can’t get away if the cops come!”) but when you’ve got a previous citation for disturbing the peace and assault – not to mention six traffic cases and six guilty pleas in Littleton, Aurora and Douglas County since 2006 — and then you throw in the fact that training camp is two weeks away, it’s not just dumb, it’s mind-numbingly dumb.
The new details come courtesy of a police report obtained by the Denver Post, and don’t help Dumvervil’s agent’s claim that this will all sort of go away. According to the report, Dumervil was driving his Land Rover and following a gray Mercedes which contained his friend (and fellow arrestee) Andy Auguste as a passenger. The two cars were stopped in standstill traffic when a white Impala merged in between them. An argument ensued.
The occupants of the white Impala — Kristine Ramirez (the driver) and her husband, Juan Cardoza — told police that said argument consisted of lots of “horn blowing” by all vehicles, as well as some verbal threats and name-calling for good measure. At some point, Auguste exited the Mercedes, walked over to the Impala, verbally threatened the accusers, and lifted up his shirt to display a gun. Dumervil, apparently feeling left out of the gun party, decided to do the same (although he didn’t say anything as he showed off his gun — maybe he was a little shy).
An eyewitness corroborated Ramirez’s story, but also noted that the female driver of the Impala (Ramirez) threw an unknown object at Dumervil’s Land Rover at the beginning of the argument. Which, yeah, isn’t fun, but didn’t require all of the stupidity that followed.
Which wasn’t all of the stupidity — Elvis made one last courageous brainfart before being taken to jail. After the police got to the scene and forced Dumervil out of his car at gunpoint (his car was still in standstill traffic because, again, no escape route) they asked him if he had any guns in the vehicle. Dumervil said no. They searched his car. They found a gun in it. The gun he’d been showing off to people. (It was in the glove compartment.)
Dumervil was released after posting $7,500 bail, and his optimistic agent Marty Magid said he expected the whole ugly incident will be dismissed once the investigation is completed. Again: based on the police report, we’re not so sure.
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