49ers' Chris Culliver arrested, facing felony hit-and-run charges

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

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Forty-Niners cornerback Chris Culliver was arrested Friday on felony hit-and-run and weapons possession charges, according to KTVU.com.

The San Jose Police received a call around 10:21 a.m. PT that a bicyclist had been struck by an automobile that fled the scene. Details of what happened next via KTVU.com:

An eyewitness saw the accident and followed Culliver's vehicle until he cornered him in the area of Mekler Court. He attempted to block Culliver's vehicle from leaving.

Authorities said Culliver got out of his car, threatened the eyewitness with brass knuckles and then got back into his vehicle and fled. In the process, he struck the eyewitness' car.

San Jose police arrived on the scene and took Culliver into custody without incident. A search of the vehicle uncovered the brass knuckles, authorities said.

Culliver was arrested on charges of felony hit and run for striking a bicyclist, reckless driving causing an injury, felony possession of brass knuckles and misdemeanor hit and run for the striking the vehicle.

KTVU reports that the bicyclists was treated and released with minor injuries.

The 49ers have issued a statement on the matter.

"The 49ers organization is aware of the recent matter involving Chris Culliver. 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, and is perhaps best known for his anti-gay comments in Jan. 2013, prior to Super Bowl XLVII. He apologized days later, saying, "I'm sorry if I offended anyone. They were very ugly comments. Hopefully I learn and grow from this experience and this situation."

Originally a 2011 third-round pick out of South Carolina, Culliver has one year left on his rookie deal.

 
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