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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 12/04/2011

Ndamukong Sun unhurt in auto accident


The tree, the water fountain, the light pole after a collision with Ndamukong Suh’s car. (STEVE DIPAOLA / Reuters)
How is Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh spending the first weekend of his two-game suspension from the NFL?

Dealing with the aftermath of a little auto accident.

Suh, serving a two-game suspension because of his Thanksgiving Day stomp, was unhurt after he crashed his car early Saturday morning in his hometown of Portland, Ore.

His two unidentified passengers were unhurt as well after the crash, in which he lost control of his 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS — is it a good thing or a bad thing that it wasn’t the auto he endorses? — at around 1:15 a.m. in the city’s nightclub district.

“He wasn’t drunk and wasn’t driving crazy or anything. He wasn’t a jerk,” Sgt. Peter Simpson of the Portland Police Bureau told the Detroit Free Press. “I think he stomped on the gas when he was going around a taxi and lost the back end, spun around and hit a tree and a light pole and a [drinking] fountain. No injuries to anybody and he didn’t hit any other cars.”

Suh is off this Sunday and next after stomping Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving. His appeal of the suspension was denied Friday.

Suh has been involved in two previous auto accidents. As a student at Nebraska in 2009, he was ticketed for negligent driving after he hit three parked cars in Lincoln; his blood-alcohol was below the legal limit. He was involved in a two-car accident in Michigan last year and police said no alcohol was involved.

“Our officers are trained to look for watery eyes, slurred speech, that kind of thing,” Simpson said of Saturday’s accident. “Nothing like that. No odor of alcohol or anything like that. Without those factors there was nothing to lead him to believe he was under the influence.”

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