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Giants backup QB Lauletta arrested in driving incident


Reuters
Updated: 31-10-2018 02:46 IST

New York Giants backup quarterback Kyle Lauletta was arrested for several traffic offenses Tuesday morning, according to police in Weehawken, N.J.

The arrest occurred at approximately 8 a.m. ET as Lauletta was driving to the team's practice facility in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Weehawken Police Department said in a press release that Lauletta was observed operating a 2017 Jaguar "in a dangerous manner in heavy traffic" and nearly struck an officer while attempting to evade him.

"Upon being directed by an officer to continue in his marked lane, Mr. Lauletta attempted to evade him, making an illegal turn and continuing towards Route 495, almost striking the officer," the statement said in part. "Mr. Lauletta was subsequently stopped by another officer and refused various instructions to provide his driving credentials and exit his vehicle.

"He was then arrested and charged with eluding police, a third-degree crime, obstructing administration of law, and resisting arrest, which are disorderly persons offenses. Motor vehicle charges are for reckless driving, disregarding an officer's directions, improper turn in marked traffic lane, and failure to remain in a marked lane."

The police statement said a 2017 Jaguar registered to Lauletta was involved in a similar incident on Monday in the same location and didn't stop at the scene. The police said summonses were issued by mail.

Lauletta, 23, was the Giants' fourth-round draft choice in April. With the struggles of quarterback Eli Manning and the Giants (1-7), there's been speculation coach Pat Shurmur soon would turn to Lauletta.

"We were made aware of the situation this morning, and we have been in contact with Kyle," Shurmur told reporters. "We are still in the process of gathering information. This is obviously very disappointing."

Shurmur termed the arrest "disturbing" during an appearance on WFAN radio and said there will be "consequences for this type of behavior."

Lauletta has not appeared in a game this season. The Giants have a bye week and next play Nov. 12 against the San Francisco 49ers.

--Field Level Media

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