The Arizona Republic
May. 31, 2003 11:10 PM
Former Arizona Cardinal Michael Pittman was handcuffed and hauled off to jail Saturday after he rammed his Hummer into his wife's Mercedes in their upscale Ahwatukee Foothills community after arguing over their son, police said.
Phoenix police said Pittman, a star player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2003 Super Bowl, was charged with six felony counts.
Phoenix police Lt. Frank Milstead said Pittman rammed the car carrying his wife, Melissa, their son, Mycah, and his baby-sitter, Kristina Hegland, as they tried to leave the gated community of Whistling Rock about 4 p.m. No one was hurt in the crash.
Milstead said the couple argued over whether Pittman could take the 2-year-old son for spring training.
"His wife was adamant that he should not take their son with him. He told her he paid for everything and told her to leave," he said. "She says, 'Hey, let's go back to the house and talk about it,' " Milstead said. "When she starts to move, he rams the car."
Pittman, 27, who is on probation for a domestic violence incident involving his wife, was booked into the Madison Street Jail on three counts of aggravated assault and three of reckless endangerment.
He was arrested twice on domestic violence charges in the summer of 2001 and was released by the Cardinals.