Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure told the Lions that he missed a court hearing Monday afternoon in Berrien County because the hearing was rescheduled for Wednesday.
Not true, according to Berrien County court officials.
Leshoure, 22, was scheduled to appear in Berrien County District Court at 2 p.m. Monday to be arraigned on a charge of possession of marijuana, second offense. He didn't show up.
"I knew he wasn't there because late Monday afternoon, I got a call from a guy from the security guy from the Lions who had Leshoure in his office," said Gary Ruhl, chief of the Baroda-Lake Township Police Department, which issued Leshoure the appearance ticket. "He called me because he was trying to connect with the court.
Leshoure "told the security directer that he had gotten the arraignment adjourned until Wednesday," Ruhl said. "I told him that didn't appear to be the case."
Berrien County court officials confirmed this morning that Leshoure did not appear in court Monday afternoon and his appearance has not been rescheduled. A court official said Tuesday morning the last activity in Leshoure's file occurred on March 21.
Berrien County Prosecutor Arthur Cotter said Monday that a bench warrant for Leshoure's is likely to be issued on Thursday if Leshoure doesn't clear up the matter before then.
Leshoure was charged March 12 when he was riding in a car that failed to make a left-hand signal. The car got pulled over by a Baroda-Lake officer, who later reported that the car's interior smelled strongly of marijuana and Leshoure was cramming marijuana into his mouth.
"My officer said, 'Hey dude, if you eat that stuff, it's going to make you sick,' " Ruhl said. "And Leshoure said, 'I thought when the police stopped you, that's what you're suppose to do.' ... He's been watching too many cop shows."
In was Leshoure's second arrest for marijuana possession in Berrien County in less than a month. He also was arrested in Benton Township on Feb. 18.
"It's just pure stupid" considering that police officers aren't actively looking for marijuana arrests, Ruhl said. "If you're going to (smoke marijuana), do it in your house.
"He's a good running back," Ruhl said about Leshoure, but "he's not good about staying out of trouble in Berrien County."