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State troopers have “reached out’’ to Patriots’ linebacker Brandon Spikes about why his car was abandoned early Sunday morning on an interstate in Foxborough, police told Boston.com.
No charges have been filed, but whoever was driving Spikes’ car is likely to face at least one charge, State Trooper Matthew Guarino said. Guarino said the case, which may involve another vehicle being rear-ended, is under investigation.
“In 21 years as a road trooper, experience tells me that there will at least be a charge of leaving the scene of a property-damage accident,’’ Guarino said.
He said he did not yet know what, if anything, came of troopers’ efforts to contact Spikes.
The case began soon before 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning, when police responded to a report of a vehicle abandoned in the median of I-495. The troopers had been told by a representative of the OnStar navigation system that the car’s driver had reported hitting a deer.
The troopers had no trouble finding the car, a 2011 Mercedes Maybach with a damaged front end. They soon determined that it belonged to Spikes.
But they didn’t find any deer.
Soon after, troopers said they responded to a report that a 2009 Nissan Murano had been rear-ended in the same area. The occupants said they had been hit by another vehicle that they did not see. The three people inside – a 51-year-old man, a 32-year-old woman, and a 12-year-old boy, all of Billerica — were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
“We are aware of the report and are looking into the matter, but I don’t have any additional comment at this time,’’ Patriots vice president of media relations Stacey James told Boston.com.
Spikes’ agent did not respond to an email Sunday asking if his client had been driving the car Saturday night.
After spending the first four years of his career in New England, Spikes spent a season in Buffalo. He was re-signed last month to the Patriots.
Spikes was silent on Twitter Sunday. On Saturday afternoon, in his most recent tweet, he shared that he was “craving sushi right now.’’
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