Ex-Lions TE Pettigrew arrested, charged with allegedly punching cop

Former first-round pick and ex-Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew reportedly was arrested early Monday morning in Pittsburgh, with police alleging he punched a police office three times in the chest.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the 33-year-old Pettigrew was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and theft of services and public drunkenness.

Pettigrew, who last played in the NFL in 2015, was booked after an alleged dispute with a limousine driver upon being dropped off at approximately 3 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. After he reportedly refused to pay a $97 fare, the driver called police from the hotel lobby. Pettigrew apparently did not identify himself to authorities when asked, finally acquiescing after being threatened with a Taser.

Pettigrew was transported to the Allegheny County Jail, per the report.

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DETROIT - 2009: Brandon Pettigrew of the Detroit Lions poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by NFL Photos)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 04: Brandon Pettigrew #84 of the Detroit Lions runs with the ball against the Chicago Bears on October 4, 2009 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 48-24. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 08: Tight end Brandon Pettigrew #84 of the Detroit Lions celebrates after making a touchdown catch against the Seattle Seahawks on November 8, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - CIRCA 2010: In this photo provided by the NFL, Brandon Pettigrew of the Detroit Lions poses for his 2010 NFL headshot circa 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Tight end Brandon Pettigrew #87 of the Detroit Lions is introduced before taking on the Green Bay Packers during the Thanksgiving Day game at Ford Field on November 24, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 11: Brandon Pettigrew #87 of the Detroit Lions catches the ball for a touchdown during the third quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings on November 11, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Lions 34-24. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15: Tight end Brandon Pettigrew #87 of the Detroit Lions catches a pass against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 10: Brandon Pettigrew #87 of the Detroit Lions takes the field against the Chicago Bears on November 10, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 22: Brandon Pettigrew #87 of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ford Field on August 22, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Jaguars 13-12. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT MI - OCTOBER 11: Brandon Pettigrew #87 of the Detroit Lions looks on in the fourth quarter during the game against the Arizona Cardinals on October 11, 2015 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
October 05, 2014: Detroit Lions Tight End Brandon Pettigrew (87) [11331] makes a reception during the Buffalo Bills game versus the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. The Bills beat the Lions 17-14 in Detroit, MI. (Photo by Scott Terna/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
22 NOVEMBER 2015: Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) watches the action on the field during game action between the Oakland Raiders and the Detroit Lions during a regular season game played at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire) (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
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The former Oklahoma State tight end was picked in the first round (No. 20 overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft. Pettigrew played seven seasons with Detroit, catching 301 passes for 2,965 yards and 17 touchdowns in 93 games (85 starts). He never officially declared his NFL retirement, but he has not played since sustaining a torn ACL injury during his final season.

--Field Level Media

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