Adrian Peterson arrested for resisting arrest in Houston, released on $1K bond

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
Peterson is carted off after his Week 17 injury last season. (Getty Images)

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson ran into some trouble in Houston early Saturday morning. He was arrested for resisting arrest by the Houston Police Department, who confirmed to CBSSports.com the identity of the Vikings player.

According to the HPD's website, Adrian Lewis Peterson (born March 21, 1985) was arrested for "resisting arrest/search" and booked on $1,000 bond.

Peterson was charged with resisting arrest (the HPD did not have any further information as to why Peterson was arrested) and released at 10 a.m. local time on Saturday on $1,000 bond.

"We are aware of the situation," the Vikings said in a statement to CBSSports.com. We will withhold further comment until more information is known."

It's obviously too early to pass any judgment on Peterson for the arrest. However, it sounds like there could be concrete details of the incident revealed: Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that "the incident culminating in Peterson's arrest was captured by one or more surveillance cameras."

Additionally, TMZ spoke with Live! at Bayou manager Daniel Maher who informed them Peterson was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

CBSSports.com has obtained an internal incident report produced by Live! at the Bayou. In that memo, Peterson is described as a "repeat customer to the club" who was -- "in a rare occasion" -- "drinking heavily last night and started an altercation with the police officers."

The memo confirms police reports that the Peterson "became irritated" when he was "denied service." Police and security, according to the memo, asked Peterson to leave, but "his response was very aggressive and [he] cursed at the officer." According to the memo, Maher then "informed the officer that [Peterson] was heavily intoxicated and not to take action."

At that point, Peterson, per the memo, "started becoming very loud insulting the officer while walking back words, when he turned around he noticed two police officers in front of him, which were there the entire time, and rushed the officers and put his hand on one of them."

The memo states that police were "forced to take him down while he was aggressively resisting arrest the entire time." After the fact, Peterson was "very apologetic" according to the memo.

Multiple attempts to reach the club for comment on the memo were not returned.

Several comments from the Houston Police Department seem to corroborate this description of the events: ABC 13 in Houston claims HPD officials told them Peterson was asked to leave the nightclub by an off-duty HPD officer. When Peterson didn't respond, the officer asked him once again to leave. Peterson, according to the report, "pushed the officer's shoulder and caused him to stumble."

Peterson was then told he was under arrest and that's when Peterson "began yelling and struggling with the officer." ABC 13 reports it took three off-duty officers to handcuff Peterson.

The Houston Chronicle spoke to HPD spokesperson Kese Smith who said confirmed the reports from ABC 13 -- after a second warning Peterson allegedly pushed the police officer.

“That's when Peterson told the officer that the group had heard him the first time and pushed the officer in the shoulder, causing him to stumble,” Smith said.

Peterson was eventually handcuffed by three police officers and taken to the Houston city jail. According to officials, he complained of shortness of breath but was examined and pronounced that he was fine.

The running back is due on Friday July 13 in County Court.

The Vikings running back has spent the offseason working to come back from a gruesome knee injury he suffered in Week 17 of the 2011 season. He's said he'd be "very surprised" if he wasn't ready by Week 1 of the 2012 season and was recently outrunning teammates up hills, just five months removed from knee surgery.

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