Junior Seau, a former NFL linebacker, drove his SUV off the side of an embankment Monday in Carlsbad, California, only hours after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. Seau, 41, survived and was pulled from the vehicle by law enforcement officials before being taken to a local hospital.
Authorities say that Seau was conscious when he was retrieved from the vehicle. Seau was arrested at 2:00am, and spent a little more than an hour at a San Diego detention center for an incident reportedly involving his live-in girlfriend.
TMZ repors that Seau's 25-year-old girlfriend called police after he allegedly assaulted her during an argument. He reportedly left the home, and was arrested upon his return.
After being released from police custody, Seau drove his Cadillac Escalade off an enbankment on Carlsbad Blvd. He was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla with unknown injuries.
Thus far, no charges or traffic citations have been filed. Investigators remain on the scene and are attempting to determine the cause of the crash.
Seau was the fifth overall pick in the 1990 NFL draft. His career in the NFL spanned over 20 years and three different NFL franchises. Sea was a twelve time Pro Bowler, and earned a spot on the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.