JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson appeared to be "asleep or fatigued" after his vehicle went off the road and into a retention pond early July 3.
Robinson, 25, was behind the wheel of a Chevy Impala submerged in water on the driver's side in a retention pond on the south side of the eastbound lane of Beach Boulevard near Southside Boulevard, according to a Florida Traffic Crash Report filed by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
The crash happened at 4:20 a.m., according to the report. Both Robinson and an adult female passenger "looked to be asleep/passed out," the report detailed.
The officer observed that "the vehicle was traveling west on Beach Boulevard and was attempting to turn left onto Southside Boulevard and made a wide turn, causing the vehicle to go over the sidewalk and down the embankment."
"There were no skid marks indicating the driver attempted to stop the vehicle before the crash," according to the report.
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An officer came knocked on the passenger's side window and “the driver (Denard Robinson) opened his eyes and then went back to sleep," the report detailed.
The female passenger then "woke up and rolled down the window and said 'what's up.'" She tried to roll the window back up, but the officer was able to unlock the door and start helping Robinson and the female exit the vehicle.
“The driver was passed out during this whole process. I was able to wake the driver but had to turn the vehicle off and remove his seatbelt. The driver thought he was on a road and did not want to exit the vehicle,” the report said.
“I had to tell the driver multiple times his car was in a pond and was sinking so he needed to hurry up and get out,” the report continued.
According to the report, “The driver tried about three times to open the driver’s door which was the side that was underwater. I had to keep reminding the driver to climb out of the passenger side because his door was in the water.”
The report stated that an officer determined that Robinson was not impaired: “Ofc. M.T. Borgert ID#6520 was on scene to screen the drive for impairment. Ofc. Borgert felt the driver was not impaired and should not be charged with DUI. No citations were issued.”
Robinson was drafted by the Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Jaguars released the following statement on the crash:
"The team is aware that running back Denard Robinson was involved in a single-car accident over the weekend and is thankful that nobody was injured."
Robinson tweeted the following statement on Monday afternoon:
"I thank God every single day for the opportunities he has presented me with and I'm grateful every morning to wake up healthy.
"I should not have been driving that late or when I was that tired, but again, I'm just glad that everyone was safe. God Bless."
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" I had to tell the driver multiple times his car was in the pond and sinking." From Denard Robinson's crash report— Bridgette Matter (@bridgetteANjax) July 6, 2016
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