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Ex-Raider sped to make team’s curfew, smelled of marijuana, report says

Updated November 28, 2023 - 7:05 pm

After he was pulled over by police, Roderic Teamer told officers he was speeding because he was a Las Vegas Raiders player and wanted to make the team’s curfew, according to an arrest report.

A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper noted he was “overwhelmed” by the stench of marijuana emanating from Teamer’s vehicle, while a Metropolitan Police Department lieutenant determined Teamer’s speed to have been about 91 mph, the report stated.

The arrest of Teamer, who was then let go by the Raiders, comes several weeks after the two-year anniversary of the fiery Nov. 2, 2021, crash caused by then-Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs that killed Tina Tintor, 23, and her dog, Max.

Ruggs, who pleaded guilty to a felony charge of DUI resulting in death and a misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaugher, was sentenced to between three and 10 years in prison in August. Seconds before he slammed his Corvette Stingray into the back of Tintor’s SUV on Rainbow Boulevard, the car had reached a speed of up to 156 mph.

Metro Lt. Bret Ficklin pulled over Teamer on the 215 Beltway near Decatur Boulevard at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday during a joint DUI blitz with agencies including the Nevada Highway Patrol and Clark County School District Police Department.

Ficklin activated his emergency lights after seeing a white Dodge Durango traveling at a high speed on the eastbound 215 near Jones Boulevard. The lieutenant said the Durango was “slow to stop” and finally did so on the eastbound Decatur off-ramp, the report states.

A Nevada Highway Patrol arrest report released by the Las Vegas Justice Court on Monday afternoon provides details of the allegations against Teamer.

Strong marijuana odor

Teamer, who was driving the Durango, was pulled over after Ficklin paced the Durango as having been traveling at about 91 mph in a 65 mph zone, the report states.

Ficklin, who could smell marijuana from the Durango, asked Teamer how much marijuana he had smoked. Teamer said he had smoked a little bit earlier, the report stated.

A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper said the stench of burnt marijuana coming from the Durango was overwhelming, the report states. The trooper also asked Teamer when was the last time he smoked marijuana. Teamer said earlier in the day but couldn’t give an exact time.

When the trooper asked Teamer if he would be willing to do a sobriety test because of the smell of marijuana, Teamer said the Durango shouldn’t smell like marijuana because he hadn’t smoked any in the vehicle. The trooper said the smell of marijuana was coming from Teamer himself, who was in the vehicle, and that’s why the vehicle smelled like it.

Asked again if he would do a sobriety test, Teamer said he needed to call his security manger. The trooper said the DUI investigation would not be prolonged by Teamer calling his security manager, and Teamer exited the vehicle.

Sobriety test results deemed ‘unsatisfactory’

The trooper said Teamer had watery and red bloodshot eyes. Teamer said he was at a house between 6 p.m. and the time of the traffic stop, and in that time, he had smoked about a half joint of marijuana, the report said.

After a sobriety test, which involved Teamer doing a walk and turn and a one-leg stand, among other things, the Nevada Highway Patrol trooper determined that Teamer’s sobriety test results were “unsatisfactory.” Teamer was placed into custody at about 10:33 p.m.

After Teamer, who was then seated in the back of the trooper’s patrol SUV, refused to submit to voluntary evidentiary testing, police said, the trooper applied for a non-consensual blood draw warrant, which was granted by Las Vegas Justice Court Judge Noreen DeMonte just after 11 p.m.

Two vials of blood were withdrawn from Teamer’s arm. Teamer was then taken to the Clark County Detention Center.

Teamer faces misdemeanor charges of DUI first offense, drugs, and speeding 21 to 30 miles over the posted limit, court and police records show.

Teamer released

On Monday, the Raiders announced that Teamer, a reserve safety, had been released from the team.

Interim coach Antonio Pierce spoke of Teamer with praise, but then made it clear that the incident should be seen as a lesson.

“The ultimate respect for (Roderic) Teamer as a person, got to know him well, I had a lot of good conversations with him. I wish him the best, sometimes it’s wrong timing, bad timing, and this is one of those cases. Decided to move forward,” Pierce said in a press conference Monday.

“But I think all our guys need to understand this: Whatever you do on and off the field affects the decision that’s going to be made in this building,” Pierce said. “And we’re going to do the best to protect the brand, the shield and the Raiders organization.”

Contact Brett Clarkson at bclarkson@reviewjournal.com.

Staff writer Vincent Bonsignore contributed to this report.

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