49ers cornerback Chris Culliver arrested in San Jose

San Francisco 49er Chris Culliver made bail after being arrested for a hit-and-run accident in San Jose.
March 28, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A San Francisco 49er is in legal trouble after a series of decisions and confrontations. Cornerback Chris Culliver is facing charges for hit-and-run and more. Friday evening, Culliver made bail and was released.

Eight hours after being arrested for a hit-and-run accident, 49er defensive back, Chris Culliver, walked out of the Santa Clara County jail.

An unidentified woman yelled at reporters as he hopped into minivan and drove away. At 10:30 a.m. Friday, witnesses say Culliver made a U-turn on Tulley Road near South 7th in San Jose.

"Lost a bit of control and ended up popping up on the sidewalk and striking a bicyclist. That car began to leave the scene," said Joshua Jachimovicz, the witness' attorney.

Jachimovicz represents a witness who followed Culliver's white mustang for a mile, then cornered him in a neighborhood. The witness claims Culliver hopped out with a bag in his hand.

"The individual had something in his hand when he grabbed the bag. They were concerned for both themselves and their family's safety," said Jachimovicz.

Police arrested Culliver for possessing illegal brass knuckles. He's also accused of felony hit n run, and driving on a suspended license.

The team released a statement saying, "The 49ers organization is aware of the recent matter involving Chris Culliver. We will remain in contact with Chris and the local authorities as we continue to gather the facts..."

"Fans don't want to see this, and the kids also. The kids look up to these players," said Roman Pennix, a neighbor.

This isn't the first time Culliver has been in a negative spotlight. He was chastised for making anti-gay comments before the Niners 2013 Super Bowl appearance.

"I just wanted to face the situation and tell everyone how I feel?in my heart?and just to tell them that I'm not that type of guy," said Culliver at the time.

The cyclist suffered minor injuries and did not have to go to the hospital.

By phone, Culliver's publicist said he had no comment.

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