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Ohio Steeler
08-27-2007, 03:23 PM
CHICAGO -- A damaged black Lamborghini registered to Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs was found abandoned early Monday alongside the Edens Expressway on the city's North Side, authorities said.
Illinois State Police officials said the 2007 Roadster, which had crashed into a light pole, was discovered around 3:15 a.m. on northbound I-94 near the Devon Avenue exit.

"(The) registration comes back to Lance Briggs, however we don't know who was driving the car at the time," Master Sgt. Kyron St. Clair said.

Briggs contacted the Illinois State Police on Monday, and officers planned to meet with him later in the day, Master Sgt. Luis Gutierrez said. He said he did not have details about when or where the meeting would take place.

"He contacted us to discuss the whereabouts of his car," Gutierrez said.

Bears spokesman Scott Hagel said Briggs was not injured, but declined to say if Briggs was in the vehicle when it crashed. He declined to say anything else about the incident.

Briggs was at Halas Hall, the Bears headquarters in Lake Forest, Ill., Monday morning, Hagel said.

Police said it doesn't appear that anyone was injured in the crash. Whoever was behind the wheel of the luxury Italian sports car could face misdemeanor charges for improper lane usage and leaving the scene of the accident, St. Clair said.

St. Clair said the vehicle, which has a Kelley Blue Book value of more than $350,000, had not been reported stolen.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2992847

MACH1
08-27-2007, 03:58 PM
Dude- wheres my car.

MasterOfPuppets
08-27-2007, 04:45 PM
hmmmmm....this is a no brainer ! briggs gets drunk,,,,briggs drives drunk....briggs wrecks car....briggs hauls ass to avoid DWI :mg: casr solved...:coffee:

revefsreleets
08-27-2007, 08:25 PM
"(The) registration comes back to Lance Briggs, however we don't know who was driving the car at the time," Master Sgt. Kyron St. Clair said."

Are these the same cops from "Superbad"?

alittlejazzbird
08-28-2007, 09:59 AM
Considering that the crash happened around 3am, someone at the nightclub/strip club where Briggs almost certainly was hanging out knows if and how much of whatever substance he ingested.

If he had nothing to hide -- if he maybe swerved to miss a deer and lost control or some such understandable thing -- then there was no reason whatsoever to leave the scene of an accident involving only himself and his car.

He's guilty of more than just leaving the scene (probably including a team curfew violation?); unless the Bears pay off the appropriate people to sweep it under the rug, we just have to sit back and wait for someone to crawl out of the woodwork. They always do.

TackleMeBen
08-28-2007, 01:21 PM
maybe he is trying out for the bengals roster next season.. he is starting out of the right foot...:flap:

Steelman16
08-28-2007, 01:31 PM
Briggs might be a good linebacker, but he certainly knows nothing about taking care of his Lamborghini...that's ok though, he'll just go out and buy another one that will last him another week. *roll eyes*

stlrtruck
08-28-2007, 01:54 PM
Considering that the crash happened around 3am, someone at the nightclub/strip club where Briggs almost certainly was hanging out knows if and how much of whatever substance he ingested.


I wonder if Pac-Man Jones was with him?:toofunny:

The Duke
08-28-2007, 03:59 PM
I wonder if Pac-Man Jones was with him?:toofunny:

He was busy at the strip club :wink02:

MasterOfPuppets
08-28-2007, 04:40 PM
hmmmmm....this is a no brainer ! briggs gets drunk,,,,briggs drives drunk....briggs wrecks car....briggs hauls ass to avoid DWI :mg: casr solved...:coffee:
:thumbsup:

people who run obviously have something to hide....shouldn't he get busted for making a false report? leaving the scene of an accident?

revefsreleets
08-28-2007, 07:07 PM
Oh, so THAT'S what happened Lance. Riiiiiight.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070828/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_bears_briggs_6

LAKE FOREST, Ill - Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs said he panicked after crashing his new Lamborghini along a highway early Monday morning and initially reported his car stolen after abandoning the mangled vehicle.

Speaking to reporters after practice on Tuesday, Briggs said he called a tow truck after leaving the scene and then reported his 2007 Murcielago was stolen.

"When it happened, the first thing I did was, obviously, I panicked," Briggs said. "I didn't want there to be a big scene there. And so I left the scene. When I left, I called the tow truck. I also was startled, and I called to report that my car was stolen. Within probably 10 minutes, I called back and accepted responsibility for what I did because it was ridiculous in the first place."

Illinois State Police said they have no record of Briggs reporting a stolen vehicle. They did say that Briggs placed a 9-1-1 call at around 4 a.m. Monday, after initially saying he did not call police until sometime between 8 a.m. and 9.

But Master Sgt. Luis Gutierrez said Briggs gave "no indication of his car being stolen" during either call.

Illinois police found the abandoned vehicle, which had hit a light pole and a concrete bridge support, alongside the Edens Expressway on the city's North Side around 3:15 a.m.

Briggs was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, a misdemeanor, and was given traffic citations for failure to give immediate notice of an accident and improper lane usage, when he met with police on Monday afternoon. He was released after posting $100 bond and is scheduled to appear Oct. 4 in a Cook County court.

Leaving the scene carries a maximum 364 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, according to Illinois Master Sgt. Luis Gutierrez.

No other cars were involved in the incident and no one was with Briggs, he said.

Briggs said he was relieved no one was hurt after he lost control of the car and apologized to the organization and the fans during his brief address to the media.

He answered one question about whether the incident changed him, saying, "It did change me, absolutely. I'm very lucky to have made it out the way that I did, very lucky. I appreciate every day. The first thing I did when I got back here was hug every one of my teammates and tell them that I love them because you never know what's going to happen."

Then, he walked away as reporters yelled questions.

Briggs did not address a TV station's report that he had visited two Chicago clubs before the crash, although the owner of one — Level — said he was not there.

"He comes here frequently, but he was not here the night of the car accident," Mike Bloem said.

Gutierrez reiterated Tuesday that "it's undetermined" if alcohol was involved and said, "We're not pursuing that at this point."

Briggs' attorney Frank Himel said he wasn't sure how his client would plead. He also said he was not sure where Briggs had been or if he had been drinking.

"I never asked him any of these questions," Himel said. "If I did, I don't know how he could answer those questions."

Although coach Lovie Smith has said the team will not discipline Briggs, the league is looking into the incident.

The crash came after a turbulent offseason in which the Pro Bowl linebacker threatened to hold out — at first for the season, then 10 games — because the Bears placed the franchise player tag on him. He also asked the team to remove the label or trade him.

Briggs ultimately accepted the one-year, $7.2 million franchise tender offer late last month, ending the drama. He had boycotted the media since he arrived at training camp, but that ended Tuesday, when he walked toward reporters as he exited the field.

He initially misspoke, saying the accident occurred Sunday morning. He said he was sorry his teammates and coaches were "questioned for something they had nothing to do with."

And he had a message for the fans: "I am OK. My car's not OK, but I am."

Smith said Briggs wanted to address the media on Monday, but he left practice early to meet with police.

"Lance isn't a guy that's trying to run from anything," Smith said. "He told us what's happened, and he's going to face the consequences, if there are any from there. You have to deal with what happens in life and that's what he's doing."