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Moss arrested after traffic incident

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2002

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings receiver Randy Moss was arrested Tuesday after being accused of bumping a traffic control agent with his car.

The 27-year-old agent stepped in front of Moss to stop him from making an illegal turn in downtown Minneapolis, and Moss used his car to slowly push the officer a half-block along the street, stopping when she fell to the ground, police spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington said.

Barrington said the agent, a city employee but not a police officer, was not seriously hurt.

Moss was in jail on suspicion of assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony. Barrington said the county attorney would consider charges Wednesday, and it was unclear whether Moss would be allowed to post bail Tuesday night.

''He's going to be treated like anybody else,'' Barrington said.

The Vikings issued a statement Tuesday night that said the team wouldn't comment about the incident until it had gathered more information.

Vikings coach Mike Tice also said he couldn't comment until he knew more.

''I'm still trying to figure out what's going on,'' Tice said.

Jerry Hullerman, 46, said he was parked near the intersection.

''I saw a really decked-out Lexus pushing the traffic person along,'' said Hullerman, who was also interviewed by police. ''It was really surreal.''

He said the agent was facing forward while sitting on the front of the car with one hand on the hood and the other hand on her radio as the car pushed her along.

After a few seconds, Hullerman said, ''she fell flat on her face,'' Hullerman said, adding that the driver didn't get out of his car.

Hullerman said squad cars arrived seconds later and officers took Moss into custody.

Moss has been in trouble before on and off the field since he was drafted in 1998. He squirted a referee with a water bottle in 1999 -- which resulted in a $25,000 fine from the NFL -- and abused corporate sponsors on the team bus in 2001, which resulted in the team fining him $15,000 and forcing him to attend anger management classes.

The Vikings are off to an 0-3 start, their worst since 1967, and Moss caught just four passes for 16 yards in Sunday's loss to Carolina.

The 25-year-old Moss is in his fifth year with the Vikings and is the team's highest-paid player. He signed an eight-year, $75 million contract last year.

He set an NFL record with 5,396 yards receiving in his first four seasons as a pro and is the only wide receiver with more than 1,000 yards receiving in each of his first four seasons. Moss has scored more touchdowns since his 1998 debut than anyone except St. Louis running back Marshall Faulk.



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