A sedan registered to New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was abandoned on a highway in Foxborough early Sunday morning following a report of a crash, State Police said.
Police were notified around 3:20 a.m. about a car abandoned in the median strip of Interstate 495 , State Police said. A representative of the OnStar on-board navigation system told police that the operator of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Maybach reported hitting a deer, according to State Police spokesman David Procopio.
Troopers responding to the stretch of highway found the luxury sedan, whose driver had left the scene, Procopio said Sunday afternoon. The Mercedes had damage to its front, and no evidence of a deer was found nearby, Procopio said.
Around the same time and near the same area of the interstate, the unidentified occupants of a 2009 Nissan Murano reported being rear-ended. The occupants — a 51-year-old man, a 32-year-old woman, and a 12-year-old boy, all of Billerica — were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, Procopio said. They told police they did not see the other car, Procopio said.
Police are investigating a possible connection between the abandoned car and the reported rear-ending.
“We have not established at this point that the Mercedes struck the” Nissan, Procopio said. Nor had they established who was driving the abandoned Mercedes registered to Spikes, Procopio said.
The incident remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.
Spikes has had a tumultuous relationship with the Patriots, for whom he played from 2010 to 2013. A sex tape surfaced during Spikes’s first training camp; he was suspended for four games at the end of his rookie season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances; and he was tardy to the team facility late in the 2013 season because his car was snowed in.
He returned to the team in May after departing for the Buffalo Bills last season.
After joining the Bills, Spikes continued his habit of controversial tweeting, referring to his time in New England as “4 years a slave.”
Spikes could not be reached for comment. Patriots spokesman Stacey James said Spikes was alive and accounted for.
“We are aware of the report and are looking into the matter, but I don’t have any additional comment at this time,” James said.
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