Kwame Harris, a former player for the 49ers and Raiders, was arrested in the Mission on Sunday and booked on charges of driving under the influence of drugs, resisting arrest and aggravated assault, Officer Grace Gatpandan said Monday.
Police responded to 14th Street and South Van Ness Avenue about 7:31 p.m. on calls of a man asleep behind the wheel of a car with the engine still running. Harris was identified as that man.
The car was parked halfway into a driveway, and as officers attempted to get the driver's attention they noticed that he was in an “altered mental state,” Gatpandan said. Officers tried to handcuff him while he was still sitting inside the car, but he reportedly tried to bite an officer's hand.
A drug recognition expert, which is an officer trained to be able to test and evaluate whether a person is under the influence of drugs, was called out and determined that Harris was under the influence of some type of drug.
Further investigation revealed that Harris may have been involved in two separate hit-and-run incidents before the arrest, Gatpandan said.
Police received reports earlier Sunday of hit-and-run incidents at Hyde Street and Broadway and in the 1700 block of Harrison Street, Gatpandan said. No injuries were reported in either incident.
Police also received reports of a car driving erratically near 10th and Bryant streets.
It is unknown if Harris will face hit-and-run charges as well.
Anyone with further information on the case is encouraged to call police at (415) 575-4444 or send a text message to 411TIP with “SFPD” at the start of the message.
This is not Harris' first interaction with law enforcement. In 2013, he was sentenced to three years' probation and five days in jail in San Mateo County for misdemeanor domestic violence and assault and battery charges after an argument with an ex-boyfriend turned violent outside a Menlo Park restaurant.