MIAMI – Denver Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil was arrested in connection with a road rage incident in Miami Beach early Saturday evening, FOX31 Denver has learned.
A police report detailing the incident and Dumervil’s arrest won’t be available until Monday, but initial reports suggest an argument about a parking spot between Dumervil and another individual escalated to the point that Dumervil may face a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
"If the prosecutor elects to charge the mandatory sentence crime involving use of a firearm, Dumervil could face a mandatory prison sentence," criminal defense attorney Chris Decker told FOX31 Denver.
Dumervil’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg, downplayed the situation in an interview with ESPN.
“No charges have been filed,” said Steinberg, who represents several other Broncos players. “No aggravated assault took place, and it is likely that once the full investigation is complete no charges will be filed against Mr. Dumervil.”
According to a Miami Dade Corrections representative, Dumervil posted a $7,500 bond Saturday night.
The Denver Broncos released the following statement:
"Our organization is aware of the matter and is continuing to gather the facts. This is a very serious allegation, and we will thoroughly review the details while the legal process runs its course."
This brush with the law isn’t the first for the 28-year-old, two-time pro-bowler.
Back in October of 2010, Dumervil was cited assault and disturbing the peace after an incident at Mile High when he had a disagreement with a security guard.
Prosecutors eventually dropped all charges.
With training camp beginning July 25, Dumervil’s legal trouble comes at a bad time.
The defensive end has evolved into a key player on the Broncos’ defense since being drafted in the 4th round in 2006 from the University of Louisville.
Last year he had 9.5 sacks and 42 tackles, and in his six years with the team he was recorded 52.5 sacks, nine fumble recoveries and an interception.
In 2009, Dumervil led the league with 17 sacks, an accomplishment that earned him a 61.5 million contract extension.
He is considered one of the best pass-rushing specialists in the NFL.