May 09, 2009 08:00 PM
Alex Cooper Staff Reporter - The Star
A former NFL player is among five people arrested after a traffic stop in Scarborough early this morning resulted in the seizure of a handgun.
Police were making a "legitimate traffic stop" on Pilot Street near Lawrence Ave. E. and Kingston Rd. when one of the occupants got out of the vehicle to urinate, said Staff Sgt. Bob Burns of 43 Division.
"The officers could see he had a handgun in his waistband," said Burns.
The man, who is 6-foot-8, tried to fight off two officers when they went to arrest him but was eventually overpowered. Police then seized a 40-calibre semi-automatic handgun with a full magazine in it.
Brenton Edwards is charged with two counts of assault with intent to resist arrest, failure to comply with probation and several weapons charges.
The other four occupants of the vehicle, including former NFL linebacker Henri Crockett, were charged with having a firearm in a vehicle.
Crockett, 34, played seven seasons in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings from 1997 to 2003. The Vikings released him before the 2004 season.