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Bills linebacker Damien Covington charged criminal mischief

March 19, 1997

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) _ Buffalo Bills linebacker Damien Covington was arraigned Tuesday after he went into a violent rage following an argument with his girlfriend.

Covington, 24, a third-year linebacker from North Carolina State, had to be subdued with pepper spray prior to being arrested at his apartment in the Buffalo suburb, Cheektowaga police Lt. Cheryl Rucinski said.

Rucinski said Covington punched holes in the walls and tore doors off their hinges after he and his girlfriend argued Monday afternoon. When the police arrived, Covington was abusive to the officers and at one point exposed himself to them, police said.

Covington was charged with felony criminal mischief, which is punishable by up three years in prison. He was released and is scheduled to reappear in court next month.

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