An Arizona Cardinals player committed a hit-and-run of a new sort on Monday, when he knocked down a drunk man while sprinting through a crosswalk and then continued running to evade police.

You read that right.

Most hit-and-runs involve motorized vehicles, but in linebacker Alex Okafor's case he's just a very large man recklessly bulldozing pedestrians in his path. According to the police report, Okafor was running through a crosswalk in Austin, Texas, when he ran into a drunk man, who fell to the ground.

Police witnessed the collision and only responded when Okafor continued running instead of stopping to help the man up. In fact, Okafor came face-to-face with one of the police officers.

Instead of stopping, he executed a football move: "faked left and then darted right proceeding to run southbound across the intersection," according to the report.

Okafor refused to respond to police commands for him to stop, for which he can now be charged with evading police.

Eventually, the police caught up to Okafor, although it required three of them to tackle the former Longhorns player and get the situation under control. The linebacker said he running through the crosswalk and didn't stop because he was in a rush to get to an aquarium-themed bar in the city.

Fortunately, the man struck by Okafor will not be pressing charges, which saves him a lot of legal trouble. Unfortunately, the police arrested him on grounds of evading arrest, as well as for an outstanding warrant.

The warrant, for what it's worth, relates to a past pedestrian violation.

It sounds weird to say this, but the next time Okafor hits the bars in downtown Austin, maybe he should drive.

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Best, Worst NFL Team Arrest Rates



Adrian Peterson is the poster-child, but the Vikings have a genuinely systemic problem: Their 32 arrests in the past 10 years are tied for the league lead. As fans grow impatient with illegal activity among players, franchises like Minnesota's may feel the heat for their role.



Tied with the Vikings is the Denver Broncos, which has had as many arrests since 2005 as the NFL has teams. Despite the well-known locker room presences of Tim Tebow and then Peyton Manning, Broncos players have a knack for finding trouble.



With their recent streak of playoff appearances, you can't quite call them the Bungles. But that string of successes has come amid plenty of off-field problems: Cincinnati's NFL team has had 31 arrests since 2005.



Pacman Jones may be one of the team's most notorious criminal problems, but he's far from alone. In the past 10 years, a Titans player has been arrested 30 times.



It's fitting that a franchise that flies a pirate flag at games would be on the lesser end of the player-arrest spectrum. The Bucs have struggled with off-field problems in the last decade, tallying 26 arrests.



Carolina is one of three teams with only nine arrests in 10 years. Only five of the NFL's 32 teams have averaged fewer than one arrest per year.



The Cowboys can't seem to put it all together and make a run at the Super Bowl, but their off-field distractions aren't a major detractor. The franchise has just nine arrests to its name since 2005.



Maybe it's the steady leadership of coach Bill Belichick, who has always had a no-nonsense approach to being a team leader. If so, his system is working: the Patriots have the third-best mark in the league with only nine arrests in the past decade.



On the downside, rookie head coach Bill O'Brien inherited a team that went 2-14 last season. On the bright side, the locker room hasn't been crawling with bad influences. Houston has had only eight arrests in the past 10 years, the second-best mark in the NFL.



That's right: The least criminally offensive NFL team can be found in Arizona. The Cardinals franchise can claim just seven arrests in the past 10 years.

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