Elvis Dumervil's Miami arrest: Road rage, peer pressure, gun displays?

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Update: In our original coverage of Broncos star Elvis Dumervil's weekend arrest in Miami, we highlighted a local blogger's speculation that the bust could have been "a black thing." But the just-released police report suggests trouble may have begun with Dumervil's pal, who allegedly had a road rage temper tantrum that led him to display a gun. Dumervil is accused of doing likewise.

According to the report cited in the ESPN account linked above, Dumervil and his companion, Andy Aguste (his name was apparently misspelled by previous media outlets), were traveling in tandem in separate vehicles -- Aguste out front in a Mercedes, Dumervil trailing in a Range Rover. But they weren't making much time thanks to a traffic jam.

Then, a white Impala driven by Kristine Ramirez merged between the two vehicles. Her action apparently led to horn-blowing and name-calling, after which Aguste stepped out of his vehicle and hiked his shirt to reveal that he was strapped.

Witnesses add that Dumervil did likewise, although he didn't seem to say anything to Ramirez and was otherwise considerably less aggressive than was Aguste.

Police were summoned shortly thereafter, and when they arrived, Dumervil and Aguste were still in gridlock. The report says Dumervil, who was ordered out of his car and handcuffed, initially denied that he had a gun in his car, but one was soon found in his glove compartment. A weapon was also located on the floor of Aguste's Mercedes.

Did Dumervil foolishly succumb to peer pressure in this incident? Or is there more to the story? Can't say for certain yet. But the information is definitely interesting in light of the previous reactions from the press and social media on view below.

Original post, 6:34 a.m. July 16: Broncos fans hate to read about favorite players in the police blotter -- so reports that defensive standout Elvis Dumervil is facing an aggravated-assault-with-a-firearm beef qualifies as a gut shot.

But at least one local blogger thinks the story's overblown and turns more on Dumervil's skin color than his actions.

Thus far, info about the incident is sketchy in the extreme. According to CBS4, Dumervil (who attended high school in Miami) and another man, Andy August, got into an argument over a parking spot, after which the two-time Pro Bowler flashed a firearm. Whether he was the first to do so is an open question, though: A Miami detective tells CBS4 that two weapons were involved.

Dumervil, who was released on a $7,500 bond, quickly secured some high-profile legal assistance by way of lawyer Harvey Steinberg, the man who recently helped ex-Bronco Perrish Cox skate on sexual assault allegations made against him by a woman he impregnated. (Last month, the woman filed a civil suit against Cox and current Bronco Demaryius Thomas.)

Steinberg wasted no time releasing the following statement to ESPN's Adam Schefter: "No charges have been filed. No aggravated assault or assault took place. And it is likely that once the full investigation is complete, no charges will be filed against Mr. Dumervil."

After the arrest, the Twitter Nation sarcasm squad stepped up with tweets like this one...

...and this one....

But the Denver Post's Lindsay Jones added some context:

And Peter Burns of Fox Sports Radio thinks Steinberg will make the problem go away soon:

Still, the most interesting take thus far may be from Colin D. of South Stands Denver, who posted an item headlined "The arrest of Elvis Dumervil is starting to seem like a black thing." He writes, "Elvis Dumervil is a 20-something black man who drives nice cars and apparently does own a firearm. It's presumably registered and legal, too. The charges against him do not include any relating to unregistered weapons, therefore he must have his ducks in a row."

Colin adds his supposition that "some drama queen trumped up some shit and the cops had to arrest Doom because he was black and because he had a gun. The cops must have felt pretty sheepish about the whole thing. His bond was $7,500. That's $750 in bail money. That's nothing. And the charges are nothing. Move along, Broncos fans. This story is a dud."

Could be -- and if so, that's good news for the Broncos. After all, the defense has been a liability for years, and losing Dumervil for a significant portion of time would definitely put a crimp in Peyton Manning's plans to make the Indianapolis Colts regret opting for Andrew Luck over him. But it's early yet when it comes to this story. Anything could happen, no matter who Dumervil's hired to represent him.

Here's a larger version of Dumervil's awfully pleasant-looking mug shot.

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Elvis Dumervil.

More from our Sports archive: "Perrish Cox lawsuit: Victim got date-rape drugs before non-consensual sex with ex-Bronco?"

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Sickum Frank
Sickum Frank

Street cred, still ride with your home boys who are losers to keep it real. Harv' she was 100, get him to cut it.

Sickum Frank
Sickum Frank

50 thousand Harvey, get him to cut it and the hush papers signed. The other guy has been in Miami's jail before driving with a license revoked. 9MM show action to a Cubano, not nice.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Scratch a Gun Nut, it bleeds fear and cowardice.

zombyboy
zombyboy

Damn. Now I wish I had said something pithier.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

I think that's a compliment, Jmpmk2. Thanks for the post.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Strong observation, zombyboy. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for weighing in.

JEWELZ
JEWELZ

GREAT STORY.... AND THIS IS THE CORRECT STORY FINE PIECE OF JOURNALISM.... FROM CAMP DUMERVIL

Jmpmk2
Jmpmk2

That's what makes Steinberg such a great lawyer: he only takes on clients that can pay large settlements if they don't have a case.

Sickum Frank
Sickum Frank

So Harvey cuts a 50K check and the problem goes away. "Gun, well I might have seen sumthin else". Cutting checks and ending problems are a common thing in pro sports. I heard Shaq played a 1/2 season for free one year and Billups played a whole year for free.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

The Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Defense of Parking Spots Shall Not Be Infringed !!

Not a Lawyer
Not a Lawyer

Couple questions here and I'm not  a Donkeys fan nor a fan of idiot athletes. BUT 1. Is lifting your shirt to show someone you have a gun illegal? 2. If you don't touch someone is that assault?  It sounds like he didn't pull the gun and that the people in the other car threw something at their Mercedes. So in essence the only act of physical violence was perpetrated by the so called "vicitms". So yea not sure how aggravated assault with a deadly weapon came about unless its "attempted" aggravated assault and even then that seems a bit mushy. Charges will likely be dropped I'd like

Jmpmk2
Jmpmk2

Anyone willing to brandish a firearm over a parking spot is in need of a full-frontal labotomy.  If there was any justice in the world, both men would be losing their weapon's permits on the spot, because both clearly don't understand the consequences of pointing a gun at someone.

Not a Lawyer
Not a Lawyer

 Hmmm apparently Aggravated Assault isn't actual the physical act of assault. Interesting.  I learned something. Oh well off to jail for him I guess Definition of Aggravated Assault The crime of Aggravated Assault is defined as: An intentional and unlawful threat - by word or act - to commit violence against another person;With the apparent ability to carry through with the threat at the time it was made;And the threat created a genuine fear in the intended victim that the violence was imminent; andThe accused made the threat: With a Deadly Weapon, orIn the commission of a Felony. What is Considered a Deadly Weapon? A weapon is a "deadly weapon" if it is used or threatened to be used in a way likely to produce death or great bodily harm.

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