NFL star Rashee Rice surrenders to police in connection with car crash

  • By Bernd Debusmann Jr.
  • BBC News, Washington

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Legend, Rashee Rice plays for the Superbowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs.

NFL star Rashee Rice turned himself in to authorities after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with a high-speed car crash last month.

Earlier in April, Mr. Rice, 23, said he took “full responsibility” for the crash, which left four people injured in Dallas, Texas.

Mr. Rice now faces eight criminal charges in connection with the incident.

The charges carry potential sentences of years in prison.

He was taken to prison after turning himself in, authorities told the BBC.

According to Dallas police, the two cars involved in the accident – a Lamborghini and a Corvette – caused a “chain collision” that damaged four other vehicles.

Police told the BBC that the occupants of the two speeding cars fled the scene of the crash.

An arrest warrant for Mr. Rice, wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs, was issued Wednesday.

Glenn Heights police confirmed that Mr. Rice turned himself in on Thursday to face the charges.

Immediately after his arrest, he was taken to a local jail with bail totaling $40,000 (£31,856), according to US media reports.

The BBC has contacted Mr Rice’s lawyer for comment.

Of the eight felonies he faces, six are counts of collision involving bodily injury, each punishable by prison terms of up to five years and fines of up to $5,000.

A sixth charge, collision resulting in serious bodily injury, carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

The final charge – aggravated assault – carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

In a statement posted on social media on April 3, Mr. Rice said he took “full responsibility for my role in this matter and would continue to cooperate” with authorities.

“I sincerely apologize to everyone affected by (the) accident,” he said.

Dashcam footage from another motorist appears to show the moment of the collision.

The video shows two vehicles driving at full speed in front of the motorist, losing control and hitting several other cars, which then spin on the highway.

The driver of the second car, Theodore Knox, 21, is also the subject of an arrest warrant.

Mr. Rice, a Dallas-area native, was drafted into the NFL in 2023 and was part of the Chiefs’ second straight Super Bowl victory in February.

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