Falcons WR Batson arrested following altercation with police

Dec 31, 2022, 12:44 AM | Updated: 4:25 pm
FILE - Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Cameron Batson looks on during the first half of a preseason N...

FILE - Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Cameron Batson looks on during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Aug. 12, 2022, in Detroit. Batson faces multiple charges after allegedly getting involved in an altercation with an officer and fleeing the scene. An officer observed a pickup truck speeding and failing to maintain its lane early Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, according to an Atlanta Police Department statement. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

(AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Cameron Batson was arrested by Atlanta police early Saturday morning and faces multiple charges after allegedly being involved in an altercation with an officer and fleeing the scene.

According to a statement provided to The Associated Press by the Atlanta Police Department, an officer observed a pickup truck speeding and failing to maintain its lane at about 2 a.m. Saturday.

The officer stopped the vehicle and observed that the driver appeared to be intoxicated. The statement said Batson resisted the efforts of the officer “and violently fought with the officer.”

The officer discharged his firearm but no one was struck, the statement said, and Batson returned to his vehicle, left the scene and crashed a short distance away before trying to flee the scene.

The statement said “multiple officers canvassed the area” and arrested Batson, who was trying to hide.

The officer and Batson were taken to a local hospital for injuries they received during the altercation.

Batson faces multiple charges, which the statement did not detail. The investigation is ongoing.

The Falcons said in a statement that they were “aware” of the incident “and are currently gathering information from law enforcement agencies.”

“We take this matter seriously and have no further comment at this time,” the team said.

Batson has spent the season on the Falcons’ practice squad. He played a combined 27 games, including three starts, for Tennessee from 2018-21 but has not appeared in a game with Atlanta. He has 22 career receptions for 197 yards and three touchdowns.

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