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Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young has been arrested for the third time in a week. For the sake of Young and any of his fans, let's hope he takes a break from the cuffs. Third time's the charm, right?
Young was arrested on one DUI charge and two burglaries. Here's the lowdown on what he's facing:
Since a traffic stop must be made with reasonable suspicion, an officer can't stop you on a "hunch" that you're drunk. There needs to be something objectively incriminating that shows a driver might have committed a crime.
In Titus Young's arrest, police had reasonable suspicion to stop Young when he allegedly made an illegal left turn into oncoming traffic at 12:01 a.m on May 5 in Moreno Valley, California, The Detroit News reports. An illegal turn is a classic observation that triggers reasonable suspicion of a DUI.
Police need the higher standard of probable cause to make an arrest, meaning an officer needs enough evidence to believe a motorist has most likely committed a crime. Probable cause is often met when a driver fails a field sobriety test or Breathalyzer -- which is probably what happened with Young.
At 2:22 p.m. the same day, Young was charged with burglary after he was seen jumping the fence of an impound lot in Moreno Valley to look for his black Ford Mustang, according to The Detroit News.
A burglary occurs when a person unlawfully enters almost any structure with the intent to commit any crime (not just theft).
Since Young's car was in a private impound lot, it doesn't matter if he was trying to find his own car. If the car was legally impounded, you can't trespass onto private property and remove it on your own.
Five days after Young's first two arrests, a homeowner in San Clemente, California, contacted authorities about a home break-in. When sheriff's deputies arrived, they found Young outside the home, The Detroit News reports. Though nothing was actually taken from the home, entering with the intent to commit a crime is enough for burglary.
After a "brief" pursuit on foot, there was a "physical altercation" during which Young allegedly fought officers before being taken into custody.
Assault on a police officer is an unlawful attempt to commit a violent injury on a police officer. In California, assault on a police officer is a "wobbler" offense. That means the offense can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the injury, the circumstances of the offense, and the defendant's criminal history. With his productive week, it's no surprise Young was charged with a felony.
Let's hope the former Lion has finally been tamed.
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