Former Dolphins player tries to flee Miami courthouse, assaults officer

MIAMI (WSVN) - Two Miami-Dade Police officers were injured as they tried to stop a defendant, who happens to be a former Dolphins player, from fleeing the Lawson E Thomas Courthouse Center, Tuesday.

According to police, one officer suffered a head injury and a second officer sustained a wrist injury while they tried to subdue 34-year-old former NFL player Dimitri Patterson.

Patterson is a former NFL cornerback who also played for the Miami Dolphins from 2012 to 2013.

According to officials, when the first officer entered courtroom 2-A, Patterson attempted to flee. Patterson then tackled the officer, causing her to hit her head.

“That’s crazy, like wow. I wouldn’t even think about rushing a police officer. That’s crazy,” said a man outside the courthouse. “He probably thought he was on the field. He thought he was on the field. He probably thought he heard ‘Hike!'”

“Some type of scuffle where the police or bailiffs or officers – two of them – got involved,” said court interpreter Lucille Grenet. “For whatever the reason, the person was resisting.”

Both officers were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital and later released.

Patterson was arrested for battery on a police officer, Tuesday afternoon.

He has a hearing scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m.

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