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Former NFL star Junior Seau treated after car goes off cliff

The incident occurred after he was arrested in Oceanside on suspicion of domestic violence.

October 18, 2010|Staff and wire reports

Former USC and San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Scripps La Jolla Hospital after the car he was driving plunged off a cliff in San Diego County, according to the Carlsbad Police Department.

The incident occurred after Seau was arrested in Oceanside on suspicion of domestic violence.

The crash occurred in Carlsbad, south of Oceanside, when the sport utility vehicle driven by Seau, who also played for the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, went over a beachside cliff.

Seau, 41, had been released from a San Diego County jail facility just before the crash. Oceanside police released a statement that said Seau was arrested in the alleged assault of his live-in girlfriend. She suffered minor injuries during a verbal argument but did not require medical treatment, the statement said.

Police received an emergency call at 8:42 a.m. Monday about a vehicle veering off the road at Carlsbad Boulevard and Solamar Drive.

Authorities would not comment on whether the crash was related to Seau's arrest hours earlier. He had been arrested at 12:20 a.m. in Oceanside, was booked into the Vista Detention Facility and was released after posting bail.

Carlsbad police dispatcher Matthew Pinell told the Associated Press late Monday that alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be factors in the crash "at this time."

Seau told investigators he drove off the cliff because he fell asleep.

Seau went into a brief retirement before rejoining the Patriots and announced his retirement at the end of last season.

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