mardi 3 avril 2012

Former NFL QB Leaf arrested for second time in four days

Great Falls, Mont. -- Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested for the second time in four days Monday on felony burglary and drugs charges.

Leaf, who was first picked up by police in his hometown of Great Falls, Mont., on burglary, theft and drug charges Friday, was placed back in custody Monday morning on the new charges, the Great Falls Tribune reported.

"The burglary happened yesterday [Sunday] afternoon," Great Falls Police Sgt. Chris Hickman told the Tribune. "It occurred after he bailed out Friday."

According to the report, court documents indicated that an unidentified homeowner returned to his house Sunday afternoon to discover a "tall, athletic male in nice clothing" inside.

The male, whom the homeowner later identified as Leaf via a photo lineup, reportedly said he was at the wrong address and immediately left the house.

The homeowner realized afterward he was missing a drill and three bottles of prescription medication.

Police later found 89 hydrocodone pills and an empty prescription bottle of liquid codeine at Leaf's home.

The former quarterback now faces two counts of felony burglary, three counts of felony drug possession and two counts of misdemeanor theft.

Leaf was being held on $101,000 bond, which he cannot pay due to a probation violation, according to police. He is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Monday afternoon.

After finishing third in the Heisman Trophy voting as a junior in 1997, Leaf opted to forgo his senior year at Washington State. He was selected with the second pick behind Peyton Manning, but his pro career failed to live up to expectations.

Leaf's poor rookie season and volatile relationship with the San Diego media and the city's fans combined with a rash of injuries to quickly dismantle what was considered one of the more promising prospects in NFL history.

He retired from football in 2002 at the age of 26, citing injuries for his decision.

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