Police issue arrest warrant for Super Bowl champion after car crash

The Dallas Police Department issued an arrest warrant on Wednesday for Kansas City Chiefs player Rashee Rice for his role in a traffic accident in Texas in March. Rice, 23, is a wide receiver for the Chiefs and won the Super Bowl with the team in February. 

The Dallas Police Department’s investigation into the crash revealed that Rice, who was driving a Lamborghini, and another man, who was driving a Corvette, were speeding on U.S. Highway 75 in Dallas. The two men lost control of their cars and crashed into other drivers on the highway, resulting in a string of collisions that included four additional vehicles.

Additionally, law enforcement officials claimed that a video from a witness showed the drivers and others in the cars at the time of the accident, all fleeing from the scene. 

“The occupants of the Lamborghini and the Corvette all ran from the scene without stopping to determine if anyone needed medical help or providing their information,” Dallas Police said. “Two of the involved drivers were treated at the scene by Dallas Fire-Rescue for minor injuries and two occupants of another vehicle were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.”

Rice faces eight charges, including six counts of a collision involving injury, one count of aggravated assault, and one count of collision involving bodily injury, according to multiple reports. He issued a statement earlier in April claiming responsibility for his role in the accident. 

“Today, I met with Dallas PD investigators regarding Saturday’s accident,” Rice said. “I take full responsibility for my part in this matter and will continue to cooperate with the necessary authorities. I sincerely apologize to everyone impacted in Saturday’s accident.”

If convicted, Rice could face jail time and fines, KMBC News, an ABC affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri, reported. 

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Aggravated assault is considered a second-degree felony in Texas, the punishment for which is a fine of up to $10,000 and imprisonment for a period of two to twenty years, according to KMBC. Traffic accidents resulting in an injured party could lead to a sentence of up to one year in the county jail or up to five years of prison in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. 

According to multiple reports, the Kansas City Chiefs declined to issue a statement on the accident. The NFL said it will “monitor developments” on Rice’s situation. 

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