Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was assigned a June 26 court date in Williamsburg, Va., on his destruction of property and being drunk in public charges, according to a court clerk.

Taliaferro was arrested May 24 in his hometown. Both charges are misdemeanors.

The case will be held in Williamsburg/James City County General District Court at 8:30 a.m.

Taliaferro is a fourth-round draft pick from Coastal Carolina who's signed to a four-year, $2.52 million contract that includes a $300,584 signing bonus.

Taliaferro rushed for 1,729 yards and 29 touchdowns last season and was named the Big South Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He's expected to compete for immediate playing time after the Ravens finished 30th in the NFL in rushing last season and could be counted on as an insurance policy, especially early in the season if running back Ray Rice is suspended under the NFL personal-conduct policy for his domestic violence arrest in February.

According to a police report, the arresting officer overheard loud cursing from a group. The officer wrote in his report that he observed Taliaferro as part of the group.

A cab driver told the officer that Taliaferro broke a window in his car, alleging that Taliaferro grabbed the passenger window and pulled it outward as the driver drove away after asking Taliaferro to exit the cab.

Police said Taliaferro had left the area before being located nearby and then was arrested.

According to the police report, Taliaferro was handcuffed and the officer “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 told the officer they wanted to be "responsible" and take a cab, but complained that the 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 report stated. “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.’”

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