Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro expressed confidence that his pending misdemeanor destruction of property, being drunk in public and public swearing case will be resolved favorably as soon as this week.
Taliaferro said he doesn't expect to have to attend a scheduled court hearing Thursday in his hometown of Williamsburg, Va.
"No, I don't have to go to court," Taliaferro said. "It's dismissed. It will be soon."
The case, which is being heard at Williamsburg/James City County General District Court before Judge Colleen Killilea, stems from a May 24 arrest of Taliaferro, the Ravens' fourth-round draft pick from Coastal Carolina.
The arresting officer overheard loud cursing from a group that included Taliaferro, according to a police report. A cab driver alleged to the officer that Taliaferro broke a window in his car after the driver asked him to exit the cab.
The officer wrote in his report that he "immediately detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage upon his person and breath. Mr. Taliaferro was unsteady on his feet, had bloodshot eyes and spoke with a slur. Mr. Taliaferro also sounded intoxicated because he stated that his ‘girlfriend flew in from Myrtle Beach, Virginia' and later said ‘cooloperate’ instead of cooperate twice in an attempt to correct himself.”
Taliaferro and his friends, saying they wanted to be responsible and take a cab, complained that the cab driver was "rude and on his phone," according to the report.
"Mr. Taliaferro advised that he and the driver then had a brief dispute,” the officer wrote in his report. “So, Mr. Taliaferro exited the taxi with his friends. Before the taxi left, Mr. Taliaferro leaned against the window. Mr. Taliaferro stated that the taxi pulled forward and that the weight of him being on the glass broke it. At the jail, Mr. Taliaferro stated that he had ‘gripped the window’ and that he had ‘consumed a good amount of drinks.’”
Taliaferro expressed relief that the case is about to be taken care of, adding that he had learned from the incident and that's it out of character for him.
"Yes, definitely," he said. "Now, I can focus on football."
Taliaferro is expected to see early season playing time working in tandem with Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett while starter Ray Rice serves a two-game suspension for violating the NFL personal conduct policy stemming from his felony aggravated assault domestic violence case.
"Yes, we've got to step up to the plate and fill in when Ray's gone," Taliaferro said. "He's going to be a good help to this team, as he has been in the past. We've got to do everything we can to make each other better."
Taliaferro signed a four-year, $2.52 million contract this spring that includes a $300,584 signing bonus. He rushed for 1,729 yards and 29 touchdowns last season and was named the Big South Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
A tall running back at 6 foot, 226 pounds, Taliaferro is working on lowering his pad level.
"I've been working on it definitely," Taliaferro said. "Once you get out there, there's other guys on the other side who's taller than you. It kind of works to your advantage when you go against defensive linemen that's 6-5 ,6-6. It's going good. There's a lot of areas I need to improve on."
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