Trevor Bates, a linebacker with the Detroit Lions and Westbrook native who also played football at the University of Maine, was arrested in New York early Saturday morning for skipping a cab fare, and allegedly flew into a rage while in custody and punched a police sergeant, the New York Post reported.

“We are aware of the arrest of Trevor Bates earlier today in New York,” Lions General Manager Bob Quinn said in a statement released by the team. “We have not spoken to Trevor as of yet and are still in the process of gathering more information. The Detroit Lions will have no further comment at this time.”

Bates’ agent, Jeff Jankovich, declined comment, and a message left at the precinct was not immediately returned.

Bates, 25, was arrested around 3 a.m., according to the Post, for refusing to pay a livery cab fare.

He was taken to a local police precinct for processing, where he allegedly punched an officer who was trying to calm him down, the paper reported.

Additional officers were called to help secure Bates, who was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center in Elmhurst, N.Y., for a psychiatric evaluation, according to the Post.

Bates was primarily a special-teams player for the Lions this season, making three tackles and appearing in nine games.

Bates, a seventh-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2016, is under contract through 2019 in Detroit.


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