Don’t Mess With Texas . . . Police Officers

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson not only has to battle a torn ACL and MCL, but also a charge of resisting arrest in Texas.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is known for successfully resisting tacklers, but he is apparently not so swift when trying to dodge police officers. The 27-year-old Palestine, Texas native allegedly had too much fun in a Houston nightclub Friday night that led him to jail for resisting arrest.

According to CBS Sports, the Houston Police Department charged Peterson with resisting arrest and released him at 10 a.m. Saturday on $1,000 bond. Peterson has been rehabbing a gruesome torn ACL and MCL he suffered in Week 11 last season. Now, however, he might also have to rehab his image following this arrest.

But what exactly does “resisting arrest” in Texas mean? Per Texas Penal Code Ann. § 38.03(a), “A person commits an offense if he intentionally prevents or obstructs a person he knows is a peace officer or a person acting in a peace officer’s presence and at his direction from effecting an arrest, search, or transportation of the actor or another by using force against the peace officer or another. (b) It is no defense to prosecution under this section that the arrest or search was unlawful.”

Violating §38.03 is a Class A Misdemeanor that can carry penalties of up to one year in the county jail and/or a fine not to exceed $4,000; or up to two years of community supervision; or three years with an extension.

Most likely Peterson will pay a fine and be back on the field for training camp. Yet while Texas law enforcement is not something to mess with, there is a much bigger and badder sheriff named Roger Goodell who might dish out a punishment way worse than a misdemeanor.

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