7:48 PM CDT, October 22, 2010
SAN DIEGO -- Former San Diego Charger Junior Seau will not face any charges after he drove his SUV off a cliff shortly after being released from jail in connection with a domestic violence case.
"The San Diego County District Attorney's Office has reviewed the Oceanside Police Department's investigation of allegations against Junior Seau and is declining to file charges," said Paul Levikow of the San Diego County District Attorney's office.
Levikow added that the office had a duty to file charges only when they believed they could prove them beyond a reasonable doubt.
Seau told investigators that he fell asleep behind the wheel before driving his SUV off a cliff in Carlsbad.
Carlsbad police say Seau's Cadillac SUV was found on the beach 30 feet below the roadside just before 9 a.m. Monday.
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The 12-time Pro Bowler, was pulled from the vehicle by law enforcement officials and was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.
The accident occurred just five hours after Seau was released from jail Monday morning, according to San Diego sheriff's Lt. Phil Brust.
Helicopter video clearly showed tire marks left by the Escalade when it left the roadway and drove off the cliff.
The SUV, which was removed from the beach and placed on a flatbed tow truck, showed heavy front-end damage and damage to the passenger side of the vehicle.
Seau was arrested shortly after midnight after he allegedly assaulted his 25-year-old live-in girlfriend during an argument at the couple's Oceanside home, Lt. Leonard Mata said.
Gina Seau, the retired football player's ex-wife and mother of three of his children, told the San Diego Union Tribune that the two incidents were unrelated and reports that Seau had tried to hurt or kill himself were false.
She added that Seau had never tried to hurt or threaten her when they were married and that she didn't believe he had assaulted his girlfriend late Sunday night.
"He would never try to harm himself or anyone else," Gina Seau told the Union Tribune.
Officers did not observe any symptoms of drug or alcohol use, but they requested a blood sample be taken for testing, said Lt. Paul Mendes.
Investigators do not suspect that Seau was suicidal, Mendes said.
In an interview at the hospital, he told them that he was sleepy, the lieutenant said.
Police were dispatched to the Seau residence on South Strand in Oceanside around 10:30 Sunday night to investigate the report of a domestic violence assault.
The 25-year-old victim, Seau's live-in girlfriend, reported that the 41-year old assaulted her during a verbal argument.
Seau was not at the residence when police arrived.
He did however, call the victim while police were on scene and spoke to the officers; he agreed to return to the home.
Shortly after midnight Seau drove back to the scene and he was arrested without incident as he approached the residence.
Seau was booked into the Vista jail on felony charges of spousal assault at about 3 a.m.
He posted bail and was released from jail at about 5 a.m., police said.
Seau's girlfriend sustained minor injuries that did not require medical treatment.
The fifth overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft, Seau spent 13 seasons with the San Diego Chargers, building a reputation as one of the most feared linebackers in the game.
His play with the Chargers earned him a roster spot on the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.
He also played for the New England Patriots from 2006 to 2009.
The former University of Southern California standout announced in January that he had played his final game, but has not yet officially retired from the NFL.