Former New York Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield will likely avoid jail time after pleading no contest to charges of drug possession, resisting arrest and driving under the influence stemming from a bizarre arrest last summer.
At the time of the arrest, police say Cofield was found asleep at the wheel of his Cadillac Escalade near Interstate 4 in Florida at 2:30 a.m. July 3. When awakened by police, Cofield took off, leading officers on a chase that would end in a gated community in Seminole County.
During the chase, Cofield not only attempted to ram a police barricade, but he allegedly sideswiped another officer and drove erratically. After his arrest, Cofield refused to take a field sobriety test.
Police also found two bags with a “red powdery” substance that tested positive for heroin.
As part of his plea, Cofield will face 12 months of probation, a six-month suspension of his driver’s license and other penalties, reports USA TODAY.
His heroin possession charge was referred to drug court and will likely be dismissed following the successful completion of that court’s treatment program, according to the plea agreement.
Several other charges — including resisting arrest and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer — were dismissed as a result of the plea, according to online records.
Cofield was a fourth-round pick of the Giants in the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent five seasons with New York, earning a Super Bowl XLII ring, until joining the Washington Redskins in 2011. In 2015, Cofield briefly returned to the Giants. He has not played in the NFL since.