By Ashley Dunkak
Michigan State Police confirmed Tuesday that Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson crashed his 2009 GMC Yukon into the median on I-696 in Farmington Hills at 2:25 a.m. when he became distracted by pizza boxes falling off the front seat. Burleson was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries, according to the police press release.
Video shows Burleson’s SUV smashed against the median, and Burleson follows emergency personnel to an ambulance, holding his left arm. Later the ambulance leaves, and the SUV is towed away.
The Lions issued a statement that Burleson’s arm is broken. Police confirmed alcohol was not involved, that seatbelts were utilized and that airbags did deploy.
Lt. Mike Shaw said no tests for alcohol or drugs were administered at the scene of the incident because Burleson did not exhibit any signs of being under the influence, and there was no evidence of anything related to alcohol or drugs at the scene.
“There’s nothing out there at all that would indicate that he did anything wrong except for something that seems to be a big problem in the metro Detroit area, and that is distracted driving,” Shaw said to Stoney of the Stoney and Bill Show on 97.1 The Ticket. “Be it talking on the cell phone, turning your radio dial or reaching for pizza, we just want to tell people you’ve got to keep your eyes on the road.”