Deranged Detroit Lions linebacker Trevor Bates remained inside a Queens psych ward Tuesday for his arraignment on charges of first beating his cab fare — and then an NYPD sergeant.
The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Bates appeared via videoconference at the hearing on his charges of assault, theft of services and resisting arrest in the bizarre Jan. 26 meltdown that landed him in both police custody and a hospital.
Lawyer Eric Breslin, representing the 25-year-old NFLer, said the defense plan was “resolving this [matter] in an expeditious and satisfactory fashion.”
Yet his client remained under observation at the hospital 10 days after he stiffed a cabbie for a $32 ride and then assaulted Sgt. James O’Brien.
The sergeant was trying to calm the distressed Bates when the linebacker refused to be fingerprinted. Bates instead punched O’Brien in the face, leaving the cop with three stitches over his left eye and a concussion.
Bates was zapped with a stun gun and taken to the hospital. He was held on $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash, and ordered in court March 8.
If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison. His problems began when Bates refused to pay the fare for a cab ride to a hotel near LaGuardia Airport at 1:30 a.m., with police called to the scene.
The officers were ready to release Bates with just a ticket if he had no outstanding warrants – only to see the suspect turn violent.