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When former Miami Dolphin bolted from courtroom, it took five cops to take him down

Former Miami Dolphin cornerback Dimitri Patterson was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer on Tuesday after trying to bolt from a Miami-Dade courtroom.
Former Miami Dolphin cornerback Dimitri Patterson was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer on Tuesday after trying to bolt from a Miami-Dade courtroom. AP

When former Miami Dolphins cornerback Dimitri Patterson tried to bolt from a hearing in family court Tuesday, it took five Miami-Dade police officers to tackle him and get him under control.

Patterson’s arrest affidavit also claims he lost his cool during a hearing before Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge William Altfield to determine if Patterson would be charged with contempt of court from an earlier hearing.

The court was so concerned with Patterson’s behavior, his arrest affidavit claims, that a police presence was requested “to keep peace in the courtroom.”

It didn’t work.

Police say Patterson, 34, became combative as Altfield began the hearing and the judge ordered him taken into custody. As he was being handcuffed, he took off towards the chamber door at the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center in downtown Miami.

Patterson’s arrest report says that with a handcuff around one wrist, he tackled one cop and knocked another to the ground before three other officers joined in and took control of the situation. One cop suffered a head injury, another hurt a wrist.

Patterson, who played for the Dolphins in 2012 and 2013, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence.

Miami-Dade County Corrections show Patterson remained locked up at the Turner Guilford Knight correction center on Wednesday. His bond was set at $10,000.

Patterson was arrested on a felony child abuse charge in 2015 at Aventura Mall, according to ESPN.

Aventura police say that when Patterson went to the mall to pick up his 1-year-old son, he began to argue with the child’s mother. She recorded the encounter, because of Patterson’s “aggressive tone,” an Aventura officer wrote in his arrest affidavit.

The woman told police Patterson threw her to the ground and that she dropped their child. In July, Patterson was acquitted of culpable negligence and battery by a jury.

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