Yet again, Chargers linebacker Steve Foley was driving drunk and got into an altercation with the police. This time, he took three bullets.
Chargers linebacker Steve Foley was recovering after being shot near his upscale suburban house by an off-duty police officer following the player’s second run-in with law enforcement in 4 1/2 months.
Coach Marty Schottenheimer said the wounds were not life-threatening. “All we’re worried about is that he’s OK,” Schottenheimer said in a telephone interview with the AP.
Sheriff’s officials said the shooting occurred about 3:45 a.m. Sunday after the off-duty Coronado police officer followed a suspected drunken driver weaving in and out of freeway traffic at speeds up to 90 mph. Authorities said the driver nearly collided with several other vehicles. Foley, 30, stopped three times, sheriff’s officials said. During one of the stops, Lisa Maree Gaut, a passenger in the vehicle, yelled at the officer, authorities said.
The shooting occurred after Foley got out of the vehicle near his home in Poway, north of San Diego, and began walking toward the officer, sheriff’s officials said. Gaut got behind the wheel and drove next to Foley in the direction of the officer, the officials said. The officer identified himself, authorities said, and warned Foley he was armed. He fired a warning shot, at which point Gaut steered the car at the officer, sheriff’s officials said. “The officer fired two rounds at the vehicle,” sheriff’s Lt. Dennis Brugos said. “The male then came at the officer and put his right hand by his waistband and the officer fired at him.”
Foley was taken to an area hospital where he was recovering.
Sheriff’s officials wouldn’t say how many times Foley was shot or what, if any, charges will be filed against him.
He was arrested April 21 on charges of resisting arrest after police said he scuffled with officers. He also was booked on charges of battery on a police officer and public drunkenness.
Amazingly stupid behavior on the part of Foley, to say nothing of Gaut, if things transpired as the officer reports. He’s damned lucky the officer is either a really bad shot or a really, really good one.
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