Green Bay Packers Spencer Havner arrested following Motorcycle Accident

Green Bay Packers Spencer HavnerGreen Bay Packers tight end Spencer Havner was arrested early Saturday morning after he was injured in a motorcycle accident in an unincorporated area of Nevada County in California.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the former Nevada Union High School star was riding on a cul-de-sac off Indian Flat Road at about 2:45 a.m., when he lost control of his 2007 Kawasaki and crashed.

Havner was transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, where he was found to be under the influence and arrested, according to CHP reports.

“There was a smell of alcohol, he was babbling somewhat and the on-site investigating officer determined that he was under the influence of alcohol,” said Grass Valley California Highway Patrol spokesman Eric Wagner. “The subject couldn’t remember what happened or falling off.”

Wagner said Havner, 27, was not wearing a required helmet and, according to the preliminary report filed by the arresting officer, Dina Hernandez, Havner sustained “major injuries,” including a broken shoulder blade, lacerations to his head and left arm.

Wagner said Havner was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center after blood was drawn.

“The sobriety field test was limited based on his injuries,” Wagner said. “But in the officer’s opinion (his blood-alcohol level) was greater than 0.08 percent.”

A final report will be forwarded to the Nevada County District Attorney’s office, likely early next week, when it will be determined if charges will be filed.

Havner’s representative, Mark Humenik, a general counsel for Athletes First, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel his client “suffered only minor injuries.”

While Humenik confirmed Havner broke his scapula (shoulder), he should be fully recovered “in short order.”

“We have spoken to Spencer Havner about the injuries he sustained in a recent motorcycle accident near his home and we are monitoring the situation,” Packers spokesman Jeff Blumb said in a statement.

Nevada Union coach Dave Humphers, who mentored Havner, was shocked by the news. He said he has yet to talk to Havner.

“I just hope he’s OK,” Humphers said. “Spencer has always been a solid guy. He’s never been in trouble of any kind.”

Havner starred at UCLA but was undrafted in 2006. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder spent parts of three seasons trying to make the Packers as a linebacker. Last season, Havner, nicknamed “Duct Tape” for his ball-catching skills, switched to tight end and caught four touchdown passes.

The Packers offered Havner a tender as an exclusive-rights free agent earlier this month.

Let me tell you that Spencer Havner is lucky to be alive. To be frank he is an idiot for drinking and riding a motorcycle, let alone without a helmet. The injuries he suffered are painful and severe. I am sure the driving while under the influence will be the least of his problems.

Under no circumstances should anyone ever drink and ride a motorcycle, especially without wearing the proper safety gear.

I know lots of guys who enjoy one or two beer while on motorcycle road trips, thinking that only a couple of beer will not impair them; well B.S. it does.

There is no room for error while riding a motorcycle. I wish Spencer Havner a full and speedy recovery; hopefully he has learned his lesson about drinking and riding a motorcycle. Many bikers and motorcyclist do not ever get a second chance.

By California Motorcycle Accident Attorney and Biker Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez, 2010

6 Responses to Green Bay Packers Spencer Havner arrested following Motorcycle Accident

  1. I wish him a speedy recovery as well. The attorney fees, countermeasures, probation fees, court costs, getting to attend court ordered AA Meetings, big fine, insurance costs hit the ceiling….hopefully he will learn a lesson. It is hard to believe that some folks have no regard for their own life and even less for other folks on the road. It is hard to feel sympathy for someone so foolish.

  2. He’ll probably have to go toa high school and give a say no to drugs speech sign autographs and no charges filed because he’s a football player.

  3. Gixxer in the State of Florida that would not happen. Our Judges have what is called “minimum and maximum” sentencing guidelines for DUI’s. They have them for 1st offenders on up to more offenses. Lawyers can only do so much if your are guilty. Even a Ellis Rubin, F. Lee Bailey, Mark Geragoes or Gerry Spence retainer will not guarantee you anything. I am like you, why the wait on charges? You or me would have already taken the ride in the backseat of the police car!!!

  4. Well,we have a very good example of someone here in sunny but cold Florida, rich and famous who spent over a cool million on lawyers. That would be Billy Lane. He is at Avon Park Work Camp doing mechanic work on the county automobiles for the next 6 years.

  5. I disagree I’ve known of Sheriff’s here who were dwi/dui involved in a crash and never spent one day in jail. One Sheriff had to write an apology letter to victim and paid under $500.00 in court cost, plea bargained, and received adjudication withheld. I believe he’s still a Deputy. Rich and powerful people are often penalized differently than the regular people. I don’t won’t to post a link but I’m sure google will pull it up.

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