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Tampa Police identify driver of Bucs DeSean Jackson SUV in Christmas Eve crash

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Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The mystery of who was driving Bucs WR DeSean Jackson’s SUV, when it crashed at a Tampa mall Christmas Eve has more clarity. But, Tampa Police said Thursday afternoon the investigation is now “inactive,” because of lack of witnesses or video evidence.

We wrote in December that Jackson’s vehicle had been found abandoned on a road adjacent to the International Plaza Mall after it had crashed into a tree. TPD came to investigate and locate the driver, etc. At that time, they learned through vehicle registration that it belonged to the Buccaneers first year wide receiver.

The updated TPD police report now says, that officers answered a cell phone that was ringing in the wrecked vehicle and that it was actually Jackson calling the number. Jackson, according to the report, originally told them that the truck was stolen, and was asked to come to the scene. He initially declined to cooperate, but eventually, did provide the name of who he claimed was the driver.

The report says that it’s his former Eagles teammate, 35 year old Therrian Fontenot. Fontenot, was never located to be questioned, and Jackson never provided any more information to Tampa Police about where to locate him.

There was 0.6 grams of marijuana in the vehicle and also two “hollow point” bullets, which are legal ammunition in Florida. And leaving the scene of an accident with property damage is a second degree misdemeanor in Florida.

Fontenot is no stranger to trouble, as he previously served six months in jail in 2015 after burglarizing his former college teammate and former NFL receiver, Bernard Berrian’s home.

TPD further said Thursday, that officials with the International Plaza have declined to pursue the case any further, and since it’s Jackson’s vehicle and he’s not cooperating with locating Fontenot for him to be questioned, they now are no longer investigating.

Jackson declined to comment to the Tampa Bay Times, when he was reached Thursday afternoon or discuss his relationship with Fontenot. 

Fontenot does have a picture on Instagram of being with Jackson at the Buccaneers December 10th home game with the Lions in Tampa.

Jackson signed a three year 33.5 million dollar free agent contract last March, and $7.5 million of his $11 million 2018 salary is guaranteed.

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