Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Kemah Siverand was arrested in Houston over the weekend in an alleged street racing incident.
Houston police chief Art Acevedo told media Monday that Siverand, 24, was one of three people arrested in connection to the illegal racing, which took place after midnight on Saturday.
UPDATE on street racing case discussed by Chief @ArtAcevedo:
Incident occurred at 12:05 a.m. on Feb. 20. HPD Traffic Enforcement officers observed 5 vehicles racing on the North Loop East approaching Lockwood Drive. Officers stopped 3 of the 5 drivers and arrested them. #hounews https://t.co/khfIhwch0E
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) February 22, 2021
Police said Siverand first stopped for officers, but then drove on for an additional mile before halting again. That's presumably why Siverand was charged with felony evading arrest, while the other two drivers were charged with racing on a highway. Five cars were involved in the racing, but police were able to catch up with three.
Siverand tried to sneak a woman into team hotel
In the span of less than a year, Siverand has made some unique headlines. You don't hear about street racing arrests in the NFL very often, but Siverand's first brush with "fame" was even wilder.
Siverand was cut by the Seattle Seahawks in August after he was caught on video trying to sneak a woman dressed in Seahawks gear into the team hotel. Due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, hotel visitors were strictly regulated. Siverand was trying to get around the rules by camouflaging the woman in Seahawks gear, which — shocker! — didn't work.
Siverand apologized for the incident several weeks later.
I made a mistake, let people down, and am truly sorry. Thank you to everyone that reached out to offer support. pic.twitter.com/bBtkAwtCyq
— Kemah Siverand (@TheKSiverand) August 24, 2020
Siverand, a rookie out of Oklahoma State, remained on the job market until late October when the Raiders signed him to a practice squad deal.
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