Texans OL Weary tasered, arrested after traffic stop

Updated: November 15, 2006, 2:39 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Houston Texans offensive lineman Fred Weary was shot with a Taser before being arrested Tuesday after a traffic stop.

Fred Weary

Weary, 29, was pulled over at 1 p.m. about six miles from Reliant Stadium and transported to jail, where he was held on a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest until posting bail early Wednesday.

A telephone message left with Weary's agent was not immediately returned.

Weary pushed an officer away and was shot with a Taser after he stepped toward officers when they ordered him to put his hands on the vehicle, police said.

"We're aware of the situation regarding Fred Weary," said Tony Wyllie, Texans' vice president of communications. "At this time, we're gathering all the information and getting all the facts."

Wyllie said the Texans were informed of the arrest by an anonymous tip and that their director of security and other team officials were working to find out what happened.

According to the police report, the incident began when officers noticed a Chevy Impala SS driving in an area near Reliant Stadium where police are on alert due to criminal activity. They noticed the driver "looking very suspicious" as he looked back and forth at the police several times. Weary was pulled over after police followed the car and noticed that it did not have a front license plate.

When officers asked for Weary's license he angrily asked why he had been pulled over, police said. Police said they asked him for his license three times before he produced it, during which time he became increasingly agitated. Weary was asked to step out of the vehicle when he began to reach for something.

After exiting the car he continued to be verbally combative toward the two officers and refused their commands, police said.

It was then that he pushed the officer away and was shot with a Taser after stepping toward the officers when he was ordered to put his hands on the vehicle. He was arrested without further incident after he was shot with the Taser.

Weary has appeared in eight games and started five this season. Coach Gary Kubiak credited him with helping to make a key block on a fourth-and-inches play that sealed Houston's 13-10 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday.

The 6-foot-4, 308-pound right guard has spent his entire five-year career with the Texans after they drafted him in the third round in 2002. He has played in 44 games.

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