Taliaferro Reaches Deal to Avoid Trial for Allegedly Breaking Taxi Window

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Charges filed against former Bruton High School football standout and Baltimore Ravens draftee Lorenzo Taliaferro for allegedly breaking a taxi window in Williamsburg while intoxicated will be dropped if he satisfies the conditions in an agreement he reached with the Williamsburg-James City County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

The deal calls for Taliaferro, who was scheduled to go to trial today, to pay for the cost of replacing the window — something he has already done — enter alcohol safety counseling with a psychologist and remain on good behavior for the next year.

If he satisfies these conditions within a year, charges of destruction of property and drunk in public will be dropped. If not, the 22-year-old will be re-arrested and face prosecution, said Joshua DeFord, an assistant commonwealth’s attorney.

DeFord said Taliaferro approached the taxi driver and apologized May 25, one day after the incident allegedly occurred. The apology was not court-ordered. He said the taxi driver wanted to give Taliaferro “a chance.”

“My job is to seek justice,” DeFord said. “Sometimes that’s walking into court and asking the judge to impose the maximum sentence, and other times it’s giving someone a chance to prove one incident isn’t representative of their character.”

A Williamsburg Police officer on patrol near the intersection of Scotland Street and Richmond Road at about 1:15 a.m. May 24 saw Taliaferro standing with some other people in front of College Delly, Maj. Greg Riley of the Williamsburg Police Department said a few days after Taliaferro’s arrest.

The officer observed Taliaferro yelling and swearing, Riley said. He then saw a taxi arrive, and he watched Taliaferro and the people with him get inside. They then exited in the same spot.

The taxi driver waved down the officer and reported Taliaferro as having continued to yell and swear inside the taxi. He said he told Taliaferro to leave the vehicle, at which point Taliaferro broke a window on the car with his hands, Riley said.

The officer then arrested Taliaferro. Riley said Taliaferro was “fairly intoxicated” when he was taken into custody.

An ambulance responded to the scene, and small cuts on his hands were treated. He was then taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

The Ravens signed Taliaferro May 16 after selecting him in the fourth round of the NFL draft. Prior to the draft, he spent two years in South Carolina at Coastal Carolina University’s football program. He also spent two years at Lackawanna Junior College in Pennsylvania.

At Bruton, he was voted to the Virginia High School Coaches Association’s all-state first team and to the VHSL’s all-state second team.

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