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Broncos' Plummer cited in alleged road-rage incident

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Police are investigating whether Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer kicked and then backed into another
motorist's vehicle in a road-rage incident last month.

Plummer was issued a summons for a misdemeanor city violation of
"injure or destroy property," similar to criminal mischief under
state law. The quarterback was at practice Wednesday and not
available for comment. He did not return a message left with the
team.

According to police, witnesses said a man later identified as Plummer kicked the headlight of a Ford pickup on April 20 in suburban Denver and then backed his 2005 Honda into the pickup before driving away.

The pickup driver, Douglas Stone, 47, of Denver told police he had honked at the Honda when it was cutting in front of other vehicles.

"Apparently Jake, who was allegedly driving the gray Honda, cut
several vehicles off in the vicinity of Hampden [Avenue] and
University [Boulevard]," police investigator John Hoehler said
Wednesday.

According to a police report, the Honda and the Ford then
stopped at a red light and the Honda driver got out and said
something to Stone. The comments are not in the report.

The other driver then returned to the Honda, backed into the
pickup and left when the light changed, the report said. A witness
wrote down the Honda license plate, which police traced to Plummer,
the report said.

Stone told KDVR-TV in Denver he did not realize Plummer was the
driver.

"I had no idea," he said. "He was clean-shaven, his hair was
long, past his ears, but I did not recognize him or know it to be
him."

Plummer has in the past worn a beard. Stone did not immediately
return a call from The Associated Press.

Hoehler said the officer in charge of the case did not contact
Plummer until Friday, nearly a month after the incident, because he
was busy with other matters.

The police report said Plummer told the officer he was driving
to a charity appearance with his girlfriend when he was bumped from
behind by another vehicle.

Plummer said he did not see any damage and so did not call
police until later, according to the report. It was not immediately
clear when he called or what agency he contacted.

The report said Plummer's car had $200 to $300 in damage and
Stone's pickup had about $25 damage to its front license plate
holder.

The summons does not set a court date but orders Plummer to
appear at Englewood's Violations Bureau between June 2 and June 15.

Plummer, Denver's quarterback for three seasons, has received
unwelcome attention before. In 2004, he flashed an obscene gesture
to a heckler in the home crowd. When a newspaper columnist
identified his girlfriend last year, he called the columnist and
criticized Broncos fans. He later apologized and said he likes
being Denver's quarterback.