Officer says McNair angry with girlfriend
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If former NFL star Steve McNair's girlfriend was upset about being arrested for drunken driving two days before she killed him and herself, she didn't let it show.
McNair was a passenger in Sahel Kazemi's car when Nashville police arrested her a week ago. Police released video of that DUI stop Wednesday, the same day they confirmed that Kazemi, 20, had killed McNair and then herself in a condo McNair rented.
In the video, recorded by patrol car cameras, Kazemi laughed and teased the officer, but also repeatedly asked to have McNair come to the window of the police cruiser where she was sitting.[+] EnlargeAP Photo/Davidson County Sheriff/The TennesseanSahel Kazemi apparently met Steve McNair while working as a waitress at a sports bar and restaurant.
The officer responded, "He's not happy." McNair, who wasn't charged, left in a cab without talking to her.
"I told him you wanted to talk to him and he was more than welcome to come back to the car. He just left in a taxi," officer Shawn Taylor told Kazemi.
"I just want to know if Steve is going to come get me from jail," she said. He later bailed her out.
Kazemi, who was smiling, told the officer that she was not drinking and driving and that she was just high. Then she immediately said, "I'm not high."
As the officer questioned her, she got a call from someone who identified himself as Steve. Police spokesman Don Aaron would not confirm the caller was McNair but said that could be inferred from the conversation.
The caller, who could be heard through speaker phone, told Kazemi the officer was one who had arrested him before.
Taylor stopped McNair and his brother-in-law in May 2007. McNair was charged with DUI because police said he allowed someone who was inebriated to drive his vehicle. That charge was later dropped.
"Do not let him know anything," the caller said.
Kazemi interrupted him to say, "I know, baby, you're on the speakerphone."
She told the officer later, "He told me I was going to meet you someday."
She continued to laugh and joke with the officer, calling him names and reading over his shoulder as he typed up his report.
Police said Wednesday that Kazemi was spinning out of control because of mounting financial problems and her suspicion that McNair was seeing someone else.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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STEVE McNAIR: 1973-2009
Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair was found dead July 4, 2009, at age 36. He was fatally shot by a girlfriend in a murder-suicide, according to police.
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