University of Alabama Crimson Tide running back Kenyan Drake was arrested over the July Fourth weekend by Tuscaloosa Police and charged with a single misdemeanor count of obstruction of government operations.
So, what exactly did #17 do to merit a charge of obstruction of government operations? According to a statement made by the Tuscaloosa Police, Drake disregarded orders to stay away from his vehicle, which was parked inside a crime scene.
Drake allegedly asked an officer on the scene if he could retrieve his vehicle, at which point the officer responded by telling the Crimson Tide star that he would have to wait until the scene was released by homicide. Drake allegedly disregarded the police officer’s orders and was taken into custody while attempting to retrieve his vehicle.
“While investigators were working on the crime scene, Kenyan Adam Drake told officers his vehicle was parked inside the crime scene and he wanted to get his vehicle. Officers told him he would not be able to get his vehicle until the scene was released by Tuscaloosa County Homicide,” said Sergeant Brent Blankley of the Tuscaloosa Police Department.
According to Birmingham’s WIAT, Tuscaloosa Police had shot a shooting suspect outside of Kennedy’s Bar around 1:00 a.m. Drake’s vehicle happened to be parked in the shooting area that was blocked off.
Sergeant Blankley said Drake was “upset” when officers told him that he would not be able to retrieve his vehicle until homicide was finished. Drake allegedly went through the crime scene tape where he was arrested by officers and charged with a single count of obstruction of government operations. The 20-year-old running back was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $1,000 bond.
Kenyan Drake was the backup running back for the Crimson Tide last year, running for 694 yards while scoring 8 touchdowns and 92 carries. Coach Nick Saban released a statement saying he was aware of the incident would “review the situation.”
Alabama’s Criminal Code defines “obstruction of government operations” as:
(a) A person commits the crime of obstructing governmental operations if, by means of intimidation, physical force or interference or by any other independently unlawful act, he:
(1) Intentionally obstructs, impairs or hinders the administration of law or other governmental function; or
(2) Intentionally prevents a public servant from performing a governmental function.
(b) This section does not apply to the obstruction, impairment or hindrance of the making of an arrest.
(c) Obstructing governmental operations is a Class A misdemeanor.