Four of the five charges against former Nature Coast star running back Tevin Drake stemming from a battery arrest were dropped this week after he appeared in a Hernando County Court hearing Tuesday.
Drake initially was charged with battery on his girlfriend, battery on a law enforcement officer, two counts of resisting arrest with violence and one count of resisting without violence after an Aug. 1 altercation in Brooksville.
The first battery charge was dropped because Drake's girlfriend declined to travel to Florida to give a sworn statement about what happened, according to Assistant State Attorney Shannon Laviano.
Prosecutors, with the blessing of Brooksville police, agreed to drop the other battery charge and the two counts of resisting arrest with violence. Drake pushed an officer who was standing in the doorway trying to question him, Laviano said.
"He's mad and trying to get out of the house," Laviano said. "It wasn't like he was beating on the cops."
Drake ran away and about 20 minutes later returned to the house, where officers used a Taser to subdue him.
The court withheld judgment on the last charge of resisting without violence, a misdemeanor. Drake paid $553 in court costs and fines and the case is now closed, records show.
Drake could have entered a pre-trial intervention program to keep the charge from showing up on his record, but that would have required him to stay in Florida to complete certain requirements, such as anger management classes and community service hours. That would have delayed his return to Western Michigan University and its football team.
"The coach was not going to let him play as long as the case was open," said Drake's defense attorney, Peyton Hyslop.
Drake remains indefinitely suspended from Western Michigan’s football team, a team spokesman said Friday morning. The 5-foot-11, 214-pound senior was expected to be a regular contributor for the Broncos and has rushed for 1,098 yards and nine touchdowns in three seasons.
Drake graduated Nature Coast in 2010 as one of the top rushers in Hernando County history, amassing more than 5,000 yards and 69 touchdowns.
Tony Marrero and Matt Baker, Times staff writers