Trevor Boyer and Larry Mcshane
New York Daily News
Ex-Detroit Lions linebacker Trevor Bates, his hands fidgety and his lips sealed, bolted from a Queens courtroom after a Friday appearance for his alleged assault on an NYPD sergeant.
Bates — who was still in a psych ward when arraigned last month in the bizarre Jan. 26 incident — walked into Queens Criminal Court with his attorney for a hearing where he was told to return on June 3.
The lawyer and Bates, who is now free on bail, then left the building and walked away down Queens Boulevard.
“No comment,” replied Bates, 25, when asked what set him off as cops attempted to fingerprint him in what started as a routine arrest.
Bates was busted after refusing to pay his $32 cab fare at a hotel near Kennedy Airport at 1 a.m., and taken to the 115th Precinct stationhouse for processing.
Though initially calm, Bates refused to cooperate with police who wanted to fingerprint him — with the 6-foot-2, 240-pound athlete then sucker punching Sgt. James O’Brien.
Officers needed stun gun to subdue the resident of Westbrook, Maine.
The cop suffered a concussion and needed three stitches over his left eye. Bates, who would have received a desk appearance ticket, was instead immediately arrested.
The former NFLer was indicted by a Queens grand jury on charges of assault, obstructing governmental administration, theft of services and resisting arrest, said Queens Assistant District Attorney John Ryan.
“This kind of behavior cannot and will not be tolerated in Queens,” said Ryan in a Friday news release. “The defendant now faces the possibility of going to prison.”
He could face as much as seven years behind bars if convicted.
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