Chiefs Wide Receiver Rashee Rice Surrenders To Police

By Jason Hall

April 12, 2024

Photo: Dallas Police Department

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice surrendered to police in Dallas on Thursday (April 11) after a warrant was issued for his arrest in relation to a six-vehicle crash that took place last month, a spokeswoman for his attorney, Texas state Sen. Royce West, confirmed to the Associated Press.

West emphasized what he referred to as Rice's “continued cooperation with law enforcement” in relation to the investigation.

“Mr. Rice acknowledges his actions and feels deeply for those injured as a result of this accident,” West said via the AP.

Rice, 23, was booked into the Regional Jail in DeSoto before being released on bond Thursday night. The confirmation of his arrest came hours after police issued arrest warrants for the Chiefs receiver in relation to the crash.

Rice faces six counts of collision involving bodily injury, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and one count of aggravated assault, all of which are felonies, according to the warrants, which were obtained by WFAA on Wednesday (April 10). West previously confirmed that his client admitted he was driving the Lamborghini involved in the crash during a news conference last Thursday (April 4).

"BREAKING: Rashee Rice’s attorney Royce West says that Rice told @DallasPD that he was driving the Lamborghini SUV Saturday night that was involved in the crash that injured four people," FOX 4 Dallas' Amelia Jones wrote on her X account at the time.

West's update came hours after Rice issued his first official statement confirming his cooperation in the Dallas Police Department investigation.

"Today I met with Dallas PD investigators regarding Saturday's accident. I take full responsibility for my part in this matter and will continue to cooperate with the necessary authorities. I sincerely apologize to everyone impacted in Saturday's accident," Rice wrote on his Instagram story via ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Dallas Police Department previously said it was searching for Rice as he was suspected to have been involved in a race that resulted in the six-vehicle accident on March 30, the Dallas Morning News reported on March 31. West issued a statement on his behalf on April 1 following reports of his client's potential involvement in the crash.

"On behalf of Rashee Rice, his thoughts are with everyone impacted by the automobile accident on Saturday," the statement, which was obtained by Schefter, reads. "Rashee is cooperating with local authorities and will take all necessary steps to address this situation responsibly. Any and all requests for comment can be directed to his attorney Mr. Royce West of West & Associates, LLP."

Videos shared online appear to show Rice and others walking away from the scene of the crash.

Dashcam footage captured by a vehicle traveling behind the crash shows the accident take place before three men exit a vehicle, which is believed to be registered or leased to Rice, 23, stopped on the highway with its hazard lights flashing. Another video shared online shows four men walking on the side of the highway and leaving the scene while the person recording acknowledges that "they just left a f*****g Lamborghini and a Corvette," before making the false assumption that they "they stole them, I bet."

Rice, who grew up in North Richland Hills, a suburb of Fort Worth, and attended Southern Methodist University, was listed on a police call sheet obtained by the newspaper. The crash took place in the 6600 block of North Central Expressway after a driver in a Chevrolet Corvette -- suspected to be Rice -- and a driver in a Lamborghini were seen speeding near the SMU campus before both lost control of their vehicles, Dallas Police spokeswoman Kristin Lowman said via the Dallas Morning News.

Lowman said the Lamborghini was spotted on the shoulder of the road before it "hit the center median wall, causing a chain reaction collision involving four other vehicles."

The occupants of both the Lamborghini and Corvette fled the scene without proving information or seeing if any other individuals involved in the accident needed medical attention, according to Lowman. Two other drivers were treated for minor injuries at the scene and two others were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

Lowman said the department was still working to identify all the suspects involved in the accident. Rice was not listed in Dallas County Jail records as of 9:50 a.m. on Sunday and it wasn't immediately clear if he's suspected to be charged in relation to the crash. Rice was selected by the Chiefs at No. 55 overall in the second-round of the 2023 NFL Draft and served as the team's primary wide receiver during his rookie season.

The former SMU standout recorded 79 receptions for 938 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season and 26 receptions for 262 yards and one touchdown during the postseason run through Super Bowl LVIII.

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