Las Vegas Raiders practice squad cornerback Kemah Siverand was arrested Saturday morning after an alleged street-racing incident in Houston and has been charged with a third-degree felony of evading arrest.
Houston Police said that traffic enforcement officers saw five cars racing on the North Loop East highway, northeast of downtown Houston. Officers were able to stop three of the five cars to make arrests.
Siverand was not charged with racing on a highway, while the other two suspects were. Houston Police said Siverand "initially stopped for officers, then continued to drive another mile before stopping."
Siverand, 24, was arrested just after midnight and booked into jail shortly before 2:30 a.m. the same day, according to Harris County Court records.
The suspects are:
Yakemah Siverand, 24, charged with felony evading arrest.
Rolando Macias, 19, charged with racing on a highway.
Illsen Urruita, 19, charged with racing on a highway.
Siverand initially stopped for officers, then continued to drive another mile before stopping. pic.twitter.com/yXYdOYZeun
Siverand was charged with evading arrest using a vehicle, which is a third-degree felony in Texas, per court records. He was released Saturday after posting a $2,500 bond. Siverand appeared Monday morning in a preliminary assigned court appearance.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Monday in a news conference that street racing is a high priority for the department because of the danger it poses to the public.
"The highways are supposed to be for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods," Acevedo said. "Not for people, especially men in their 20s, 30s and 40s, to think that they're a part in the 'Fast and the Furious.' "
Kemah Siverand was arrested early Saturday morning in Houston. (Photo: Steve Dykes, USA TODAY Sports)
The Raiders signed Siverand to the practice squad in October, then to a futures contract in January.
Siverand signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent after the 2020 NFL draft, but the team released him after he tried to sneak a woman into the team hotel in August during training camp. That came as NFL teams were trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and implemented strict restrictions to limit the contact players, coaches and staff had with people outside of the team facilities.
"I violated team rules, which would have been unacceptable in normal times, but absolutely inexcusable now during a pandemic," Siverand wrote in an apology posted on Twitter. "I understand my lapse in judgement put my teammates and the organization at risk, thankfully no one else was affected by my actions."
A message left for Siverand's attorney was not immediately returned Monday.
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