Ex-UM, NFL player Najeh Davenport briefly mistaken for Broward burglary suspect

 
 
FILE PHOTO: MARCH 8, 2000 -  Photo by DAVID BERGMAN/Miami Herald Staff -- First day of spring practice at the University of Miami in 2000. Running back Najeh Davenport stretches out his right knee at the beginning of practice. Davenport was out most of last season with an injury and he should be back this year.
FILE PHOTO: MARCH 8, 2000 - Photo by DAVID BERGMAN/Miami Herald Staff -- First day of spring practice at the University of Miami in 2000. Running back Najeh Davenport stretches out his right knee at the beginning of practice. Davenport was out most of last season with an injury and he should be back this year.
DAVID BERGMAN / Miami Herald Staff

Ex-University of Miami running back Najeh Davenport on Thursday was briefly mistaken for a burglary suspect who led police on a chase that ended at the emergency entrance of Jackson Memorial Hospital.

The incident began when detectives tried to stop a stolen car in Broward driven by the suspect. The car matched the description of one used in a robbery, but the suspect fled to Miami-Dade.

Police finally cornered the suspect at the JMH complex at lunchtime as patients, employees and doctor watched the dramatic take-down by officers from several departments.

The burley suspect was taken down by several officers as scores of witnesses captured the scene on their cell phones.

When arrested, the suspect carried a driver’s license that identified him as Najeh Davenport, 34, the South Florida native who played for the UM in 2001 and eight seasons in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts.

News spread that Davenport had been arrested. Davenport notified police to say his wallet had recently been stolen and he was not the man arrested. Police quickly confirmed Davenport’s story.

They said the real suspect was Damian Coleman. Coleman, 36, was taken to the county jail, where he faces several charges.

Davenport was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2002. He retired in 2008 and lives in South Florida. During his NFL career, Davenport rushed for 1,819 yards and 17 touchdowns.

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