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Jaguars running back Denard Robinson was found around 4 a.m. early Sunday morning asleep behind the wheel of his car, which was in the process of sinking into a pond. According to police, they responded to a call about a crash in Jacksonville’s Southside neighborhood to find Robinson’s Impala sinking head first into a retention pond. When they attempted to get Robinson and his passenger, Marissa Staples, out of the car, he refused to get out. Neither he nor Staples were hurt.

According to the police report, Robinson and Staples never seemed to grasp that they were sinking into a pond. Via the Florida Times-Union:

The driver’s side of the car was submerged in the pond, so the officer approached the passenger side and knocked on the window to wake the two up, according to the report.

The report said Robinson then “opened his eyes and then went back to sleep.”

The officer continued to knock on the window until the passenger, 29-year-old Marissa O. Staples of Cincinnati, said “what’s up,” according to the report.


Staples was resistant of any attempts to cajole her out of the car, and even rolled the window up on the responding officer. Robinson apparently refused to leave the car because he thought he was still on the road, and he had to be repeatedly told to exit via the passenger side. Despite his alarming sleepiness, it’s unclear if Robinson was screened for a possible DUI at all, and he won’t be charged with any crime:

A second officer screened Robinson at the scene for possible impairment but determined he was not, according to the report. The report did not indicate how he came to that conclusion or what tests if any were done. No citations were issued.


Robinson acknowledged the accident this afternoon, and attributed the accident to tiredness:


You can find the full police report over at First Coast News.


Staff writer, Deadspin

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