A former CFL quarterback on the run from Texas lawmen dodged a police takedown in Ottawa Saturday.
Police responded to a disturbance in the Canterbury area at around 8 a.m. Saturday, where a suspect was identified as 36-year-old Cody Ledbetter, who had a spotty CFL career as a backup quarterback for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 1990s.
A search of Ledbetter’s name also turned up an outstanding arrest warrant in Texas.
According to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ledbetter, a former Alvarado High School assistant football coach, pleaded guilty five years ago to two counts of an “improper relationship” with a female student, and was sentenced to 10 years probation.
In a separate incident in May 2004, Ledbetter pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault, two counts of indecency with a child and two counts of an educator having an improper relationship with a 16-year-old female student.
Johnson County sheriff’s Lieut. Tim Jones told the Star-Telegram in early July that Texas police believed Ledbetter may have fled to Canada after breaking conditions of his probation.
“We got a tip, a Crime Stoppers tip, that he was up there,” said Jones.
“He was in the Ottawa area. We’re in the process of pursuing that tip now.”
Jones told the newspaper the county was working with federal officials to extradite Ledbetter.
According to the Star-Telegram, Ledbetter stopped reporting for his probation in early January, and a motion to revoke his probation cites Ledbetter’s failure to have an interlock device on his vehicle, as well as alcohol violations.
Ottawa police said little about the altercation that led them to identify Ledbetter, but confirmed the former CFLer is wanted by Texas police on a breach of probation.
Police said he may be in possession of a 2003 Dodge Ram 4-door pickup with Oklahoma licence plates.
On his Facebook profile, Ledbetter lists Tulsa, Oklahoma, as his home town and Tucson, Arizona, as his current city.
Ledbetter is described as 6-foot, 225-lbs. with a muscular build and a balding head.