Junior Seau Drives Off Cliff After Arrest; Reportedly Asleep
Seau allegedly hit his live-in girlfriend at his home in Oceanside, Calif., around 10:13 p.m. PT on Sunday, Lt. Leonard Mata of the Oceanside Police Department said in a statement. His girlfriend sustained minor injuries, but did not require medical treatment.
"The 25-year-old victim reported that Junior Seau assaulted her during a verbal argument," Mata wrote in the statement.
Seau, 41, originally was not at his home in Oceanside, a city about 40 miles north of San Diego, when police arrived, but agreed to return home when officers spoke to him via a cell phone. He was taken into custody around 12:20 a.m. PT and charged with one felony count of domestic battery.
A San Diego Sheriff's Department spokesperson told FanHouse that Seau posted bail at Vista Detention Facility early Monday morning. Hours after his release, Seau's Cadillac SUV was found at the bottom of a cliff in nearby Carlsbad.
"Preliminary investigation shows the vehicle left the roadway and traveled over the cliff, landing on the beach below," the Carlsbad Police Department said in a news release. "The vehicle was only occupied by the driver, a male who was identified as Junior Seau." (View a photo of where Seau drove off the road below.)
He was transported to Scripps La Jolla Hospital with unspecified injuries, which were thought to be minor. The Carlsbad PD said an investigation is under way to determine what led to the accident that was reported at 8:42 a.m. PT.
TMZ .com, the first outlet to report the events, said Seau told police that he had nodded off and he didn't intentionally drive off the cliff.
Seau played 13 seasons for the San Diego Chargers -- then seven additional years between Miami and New England -- and is one of the region's most beloved figures. He owns two restaurants in the area and his non-profit organization has donated thousands to area charities. Seau most recently starred on Versus' "Sports Jobs With Junior Seau," a show that ran for a season but ceased production last year.