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(Sun Sentinel) – Miami Heat guard Carlos Arroyo was arrested just before 9 a.m. Friday during a traffic stop for failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest without violence.
According to a release from the Coral Gables Police Department:
“A Coral Gables Police Department detective operating an unmarked unit observed a vehicle impeding the flow of traffic. After monitoring this driver for several blocks, the CGPD detective became concerned with the driver’s behavior and the safety of the public. He then requested that a marked police unit respond to the area to conduct a traffic stop.
“A uniformed marked police motorcyclist made numerous attempts to stop the subject vehicle with negative results. Eventually, the driver did pull over but continued to disobey the lawful order to exit his vehicle. Additional units were requested due to the unwillingness of the driver to comply with the officer’s lawful orders. The driver eventually exited the vehicle. While being taken into police custody, the driver attempted to resist being handcuffed.”
According to the report, while in custody, Arroyo, “continued to be confrontational and challenging. Arroyo was posing a threat to both himself and the officers during the traffic stop.”
The report said Arroyo was transported to the Coral Gables Police Department for processing, charged with operating a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal flow of traffic. Arroyo was also charged with failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest without violence.
Arroyo was released with a promise to appear, but did not appear at the Heat’s Friday practice that began at 10 a.m. and continued until noon.
He remains with the Heat and is scheduled to be available for Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. game against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks at AmericanAirlines Arena. The team issued a statement from team president Pat Riley after being made aware of the incident.
“We are aware of the traffic stop involving Carlos Arroyo this morning, and while we fully support our players, this is a pending legal matter and we will have no comment at this time,” he said.
Source: Sun Sentinel