San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver was arrested Friday in San Jose after a hit-and-run involving a bicyclist, according to a report.
CSNBayArea.com, citing the San Jose Police Department as a source, reported that Culliver was arrested on charges of felony hit-and-run, felony reckless driving with injury and felony weapons possessions. According to the report, Culliver was also carrying a suspended driver’s license.
Police say Culliver struck a bicyclist with his car while crossing an intersection and then attempted to flee the scene. The police report says Culliver’s escape route was blocked by an eyewitness, whom Culliver threatened with brass knuckles before getting into his car and driving away, hitting the bicycle again in theprocess.
He was taken into custody without incident and was released from the Santa Clara County Jail Friday afternoon after posting $36,000 bail.
The bicyclist was reportedly treated and released at the scene with minor injuries.
“The 49ers organization is aware of the recent matter involving Chris Culliver,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “We will remain in contact with Chris and the local authorities as we continue to gather the facts regarding this situation. As this is an ongoing legal matter, we will reserve further comment at this time.”
Culliver missed the 2013 season with a torn ACL sustained in the preseason. He had two interceptions, 14 passes defensed, a forced fumble and 47 tackles while playing all 16 regular-season games, starting six, in 2012. He started two of the 49ers’ three playoff games that season, defensing three passes and making 13 tackles. He had an interception against the Falcons in the NFC Championship and was credited with a safety in Super Bowl XLVII when Baltimore punter Sam Koch ran out of the back of the end zone with four second left in the game.
He is expected to compete for a starting cornerback position next season. The 49ers drafted Culliver in the third round out of South Carolina in 2011.