Courtesy of CBS 4:
The Florida Highway Patrol said around 5:15 a.m. they received a call about a car that had gone off the Hollywood Boulevard exit ramp on the Florida Turnpike and slammed into a palm tree. When an FHP trooper arrived at the accident site, he found keys inside the abandoned vehicle along with a blackberry, a set of crutches in the back seat and a gun.
A check of the car's license plate showed it was registered to Dolphins' linebacker Channing Crowder.
This isn't what this team needs right now, that's for sure. More on this as I hear it.
**UPDATE**: Local 10 adds this bit of info:
More on this as we hear it...[end update]
**UPDATE #2**: CBS 4 has added this to their article:
Did they ask why his friend is a friggin idiot and decided to abandon the scene and leave the car behind to be found by police? Of course not. They never ask the "right" questions. [end update #2]
**UPDATE #3**: The Palm Beach Post tells us that Crowder has confessed to being the driver and was issued a couple of citations:
Troopers tracked the vehicle to Crowder. When they contacted Crowder at his home Broward County, he admitted to being the driver at the time of the crash. He stated that he was tired, lost control on the wet ramp, and struck a tree, troopers said.
"He did not want to wait in the rain and got a ride home," FHP said in a statement.
Crowder was issued a citation for careless driving, a moving infraction, and leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, a 2nd degree misdemeanor.
Personal property was recovered from the vehicle and returned to Crowder.
So I guess that ends that...for now.[end update #3]