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Prosecutors Order Arrest of 49er

August 1, 2002

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MIAMI (AP) _ Prosecutors ordered that San Francisco 49ers cornerback Michael Rumph be arrested after he failed to appear for an arraignment Thursday on a driving under the influence charge.

Miami-Dade County Judge Beth Bloom issued a bench warrant for Rumph’s arrest and bond at $3,500 when neither he nor his attorney showed up at the scheduled court hearing.

The 49ers left for Japan on Wednesday and are scheduled to play an exhibition game against the Washington Redskins at the Osaka Dome on Saturday night. The 49ers said they had spoken to Rumph’s lawyer, who told them there’s been a mistake because he had asked the court for a continuance.

Ed Griffith, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office, said a review of Rumph’s court file did not turn up any pleadings.

Rumph, a key member of the University of Miami national championship team last year, was selected in the first round by the 49ers in the 2002 NFL draft. He reported to training camp last week after signing a five-year, $6.4 million contract.

Miami Beach police stopped Rumph’s vehicle at 4:20 a.m EDT on July 6, then gave him a field sobriety test, which he failed, police said. He was charged with driving under the influence after failing a breathalyzer test.

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