Ellis convicted of assault

February 18, 2009

criminal law

ESPN reports that Carl Ellis (former Vikings star) has been convicted of a second-degree refusal to submit to a field sobriety test and fourth-degree assault on a police officer who tried to arrest him following a traffic violation. Sentencing will take place on Feb 23, but could be as much as a year on each count.

In a pending federal lawsuit, Ellis is counter-claiming against the officers, alleging that they violated his civil rights, used excessive force and concealed videotape evidence of his arrest.

Eller was arrested on April 9 2008, after police said they saw his Mercedes sport utility vehicle swerve and speed through a stop sign and narrowly miss a squad car. They gave chase and eventually attempted to arrest Eller in his garage, where they said he punched one officer and threw another onto the hood of his SUV. Efforts to subdue Eller with a Taser didn’t work, according to a criminal complaint.

Eller may appeal, but his attorney, Albert Goins, wouldn’t predict the next step until he sees the judge’s written ruling.

Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3861082&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

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