COLUMBUS, Ohio -- When police ran into Maurice Clarett this time, officers said he was driving erratically and carrying an arsenal that included three semi-automatic handguns and an AK-47-type assault rifle in the front seat -- all loaded.
A highway chase ensued, then ended in the early hours yesterday when police spiked the former Ohio State star running back's tires. Even then, officers said they could not easily subdue him because the bulletproof vest he was wearing thwarted their stun guns.
It took several police and pepper spray to get the 6-foot, 245-pounder into handcuffs. The struggle continued as he kicked at the doors of the transport vehicle that took him away.
But Clarett's latest bizarre run-in with the law took perhaps its most troubling turn hours later, when prosecutors asked a judge to keep him in jail and revoke his bond on an earlier robbery charge.
One reason: He was driving a few blocks from the home of a woman who was set to testify against him next week, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said. The judge raised the bond to $1.1 million. Clarett's attorney, Nick Mango, said it was ``probably unlikely" that Clarett would be able to post it, meaning he would stay in jail for the duration of his trial, which starts Monday.
Clarett was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a felony, and given a traffic citation, and police said more charges are possible. An arraignment was scheduled for this morning.