Eagles DT Patterson arrested

February 22, 2008 6:54:59 PM PST
Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson has been charged with marijuana possession after a police officer found a small amount of the drug in his car after a minor accident.

Patterson and his brother Tyrone were arrested Feb. 16 shortly after 6 a.m., Evesham Township police said Friday.

Police had approached their car as it was parked on the side of the road with some visible damage from an accident, said police Capt. Jeff Gural.

A police officer smelled the scent of burning marijuana and found some inside the car, police said. Mike Patterson, who was the car's driver, admitted the marijuana was his, police said.

He was arrested without incident and charged on a summons with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. Tyrone Patterson was charged with resisting arrest for trying to pull away from the officers.

The two men, who both live in Evesham, were released later in the day, said Gural, who wasn't sure when they would appear in court.

When reached on the phone Friday evening, Eagles spokesman Derek Boyko said the team was aware of the arrest, but had nothing immediately to say about it.

There was no published telephone listing for Mike or Tyrone Patterson in Evesham.

Mike Patterson, 24, was the Eagles' No. 1 draft pick in 2005. The 6-foot, 292-pound, Los Alamitos, Calif., native has made 262 tackles for the Eagles - 114 last year - and has nine career sacks. In 2006, he signed a seven-year contract extension worth $32 million.