Packers' Freeman, Jordan charged with misdemeanors
Posted: Tuesday January 11, 2000 06:33 PM
Antonio Freeman has 303 catches and 42 touchdowns in his five-year career with Green Bay. Tom Hauck/Allsport
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Green Bay Packers receivers Antonio Freeman and Charles Jordan on Tuesday each were charged with misdemeanor obstruction for allegedly lying to police about their roles in a traffic accident, prosecutors said.
The obstruction charge carries a maximum penalty of 9 months in jail and a $10,000 fine, authorities said. The two face a Jan. 19 court appearance.
"These are the only appropriate charges based on all of the evidence," Brown County District Attorney John Zakowski said Tuesday. "If you lie to police, there are going to be consequences and these are going to be the consequences in this case."
Freeman's telephone number is not published, and no listing for a Charles Jordan could be found in the Green Bay area.
"There's a disappointment that the situation occurred," Packers president Bob Harlan said. "If you have somebody in your company that's had a problem, of course you're upset about it. We're sorry it happened, and we're sorry the young woman was injured."
The two receivers were in separate vehicles the night of Dec. 22 when the vehicle Freeman was driving went over a curb and struck a light pole in the driveway of an Allouez restaurant, the Brown County Sheriff's Department said.
Freeman's passenger, 22-year-old Heather Molloy, of Great Falls, Mont., suffered a head injury, but has since been released from St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.
Freeman told officers he was a passenger in the other vehicle, authorities said. Brown County sheriff's deputies arrested Jordan on a charge of causing injury by operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
A witness later called authorities and told them Freeman had been in the vehicle that crashed, authorities said. Freemen then admitted he was driving the vehicle and that Jordan was a passenger in the other car, authorities said.
Freeman earlier had been cited in the case for failure to notify police of an accident, and Jordan had been cited for falsifying an accident report, Brown County Sheriff's Capt. Dennis Kocken said Tuesday.
After consultation with prosecutors, those citations were dropped in favor of the obstruction charges, Kocken said.
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