Kenny Britt wasn’t just charged with resisting arrest last night in Hoboken. The Tennessee Titans star and Bayonne native allegedly crushed a cigar containing marijuana in order to hide it from police before he was collared last night, according to court documents. Britt, now of Brentwood, Tenn., was arrested at Willow Avenue and 15th Street by Hoboken narcotics officers and charged with tampering with evidence, obstructing a government function and resisting arrest, official said today.
The complaint says when when confronted by two officers, Britt destroyed/discarded physical evidence “to wit, a hand rolled cigar leaf containing suspected marijuana,” doing so by “breaking it with your hand and therefore making it unavailable to the investigating officers.” The complaint says Britt “did purposely prevent or attempt to prevent a public servant from lawfully performing an official function by means of force or violence, specifically by refusing to open your hand when ordered to do so then pulling your hand away.”
Finally the complaint said the former Bayonne High School football star resisted arrest by “using your body to push away from the officers and pulling your arm away while not allowing the officers to handcuff you.” Britt was charges on a warrant and ordered to appear on the charges at 1 p.m. on June 16 in Central Judicial Processing Court in Jersey City, court papers say. Hoboken police refused to release any information on the charges against Britt, and would not even confirm he was charged.
On Tuesday, the former Bayonne High School star pleaded guilty to careless driving regarding an incident in April that involved a chase. Britt was fined $478 and four points will be transferred to his driver’s license, according to Britt’s lawyer. Britt did not appear in court and must sign an affidavit to finalize the plea. All other charges – including hindering apprehension and obstructing governmental function – were dropped. According to police reports, authorities clocked Britt’s blue Porsche going 71 miles per hour in a 50 mile per hour zone on April 12. When officers began pursuing Britt, they say, he began swerving in and out of traffic, and exited near the public housing complex where he grew up. Police said when they caught up to Britt he was walking away the car and originally denied ownership.
Britt was arrested in January 2010 after failing to pay $865 for three outstanding traffic warrants. He had been facing a theft-by-deception charge for not paying bail money he pledged for a friend, but that $12,500 payment was made earlier this year. Last October, Britt was involved in a bar room fight at a Nashville club, but was not charged. Last August in Nashville, he received a misdemeanor citation for driving on a revoked license.
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