Former Bears DE Robert Quinn arrested in South Carolina

Quinn set the Bears’ season sacks record with 18 1⁄2 in 2021.

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Robert Quinn is the Bears’ single-season sacks leader.

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Robert Quinn, who set the Bears’ single-season sacks record just a year and a half ago, was arrested Friday in Summerville, South Carolina, on suspicion of third-degree assault and battery and hit-and-run, among seven charges.

Quinn, 33, turned himself in and was released on bond. He’s accused of hitting a subdivision gate, a lamp post and four cars with his truck and slapping a woman twice in the face.

According to a Summerville police report, officers responded around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday to a call about several hit-and-run incidents and a physical assault. At least 20 neighbors were waiting for officers when they arrived, near multiple parked, struck vehicles.

One neighbor said she was sitting in her driveway when she saw a red Ford F150 hit two cars on her property. The driver got out and offered to buy her a beer, she said, then grabbed her by the shoulders and said to “listen to me” before striking her across the face twice with an open hand. She said the suspect eventually ran away.

The F150 was registered to Quinn, who was identified using video provided by witnesses. According to the police report, members of Quinn’s family arrived on the scene and said he’d been driving the vehicle and they were unable to find him.

Before the damaged F150 was towed, officers found a partially empty bottle of Crown Royal Regal Apple, a flavored whiskey, on the passenger-side floor.

Officers considered using a canine unit to find Quinn but decided against it. They pinged his cellphone, which showed he

was near a Wal-Mart, but they still couldn’t find him.

Quinn set the Bears’ single-season sacks record with 18½ in 2021. They traded him to the Eagles in the middle of last season, and he reached the Super Bowl as a member of the NFC champions. For the first time in his career, he’s not with an NFL team during training camp.

A first-round pick of the Rams in 2011, Quinn went to high school in North Charleston, South Carolina, about 10 miles from his home in Summerville.

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