Originally created 02/11/02

Patriots' Faulk arrested for removing barricades, belligerence



LAFAYETTE, La. -- Less than a week after winning the Super Bowl, New England running back Kevin Faulk was jailed after police said he became verbally abusive when told not to move a traffic barricade.

Faulk disputes the charges, according to attorney Jason Robideaux. He said Faulk's passenger moved a barricade and Faulk's wife became belligerent while Faulk behaved.

"Kevin's wife became upset, and possibly verbally abusive, and so did one of Kevin's friends. Kevin did not. He told his wife to call me, and for her to be quiet and go home," Robideaux said Sunday.

Faulk was free on $450 bond. An answering machine picked up calls to the number Robideaux gave for him.

He was arrested about 3:30 a.m. Saturday in a big parking lot from which police regularly roust people who don't want to stop partying when bars close at 2 a.m., Cpl. Mark Francis, Lafayette Police Department spokesman, said Sunday.

Part of the lot was barricaded, and Faulk removed a barricade so he could drive off, Francis said.

When the policewoman stopped him, Faulk "used vulgar and inappropriate language," Francis said. "She then decided to arrest him."

According to police, Faulk pulled away when the officer tried to put handcuffs on him. She got another officer to help, and added resisting arrest to the citations for removing barricades and ignoring traffic signs and signals.

Faulk posted bond just before 6 a.m. Saturday, Francis said.