By Rosemary Regina Sobol
12:52 PM CDT, August 20, 2013
David Terrell, a former first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears, released a statement today saying he's confident he will beat felony drug charges filed against him last week.
"Mr. Terrell adamantly denies any participation whatsoever in the alleged criminal acts," reads a statement released by his attorney, Mark P. Sutter. "Mr. Terrell has faith that the criminal justice system will ultimately vindicate him."
Terrell is accused of hitting two police officers as he was being arrested on drug charges last Friday on the South Side. Police say the officers were responding to a call of people smoking marijuana and found Terrell and two others in an apartment in the 3900 block of South Calumet Avenue in the Bronzeville neighborhood.
"In plain view were multiple items including cannabis and equipment to package it and other such narcotics. That included heat-sealing machines and baggies typically used to package, sell and use narcotics," said Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.
"As officers were conducting an interview, Terrell struck an officer's hand by reaching over the top of the door and hitting the officer, injuring him," Mirabelli said. Terrell is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds, according to court records.
As he was being placed into custody, Terrell tried to "defeat" the arrest and "in doing so, he caused injury to the hand of a second police officer," Mirabelli said.
Terrell, 35, was charged with manufacture and delivery of cannabis, a felony, and misdemeanor battery, Mirabelli said. The other two people were also arrested. Bail was set at $20,000.
"There is no evidence in the record that would indicate that Mr. Terrell had any possessory interest in the recovered contraband, or that he was in any way affiliated with or accountable for the acts of the other individuals that were arrested on the same charges," the statement reads.
The statement does not specifically address the battery charges.
Terrell was drafted by the Bears in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft, arriving from the University of Michigan. He played four seasons with the Bears and one game with the Denver Broncos in 2005, finishing his career with 128 receptions and 9 touchdowns.
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