Alleged run-in leads to assault charge against Haynesworth

RESTON, Va. -- Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has been formally charged with misdemeanor assault stemming from a road-rage encounter.

Fairfax County police said the 29-year-old Haynesworth and his attorney appeared at a police station Saturday morning. Haynesworth signed a summons warrant charging him with assault and left.

Haynesworth is scheduled to appear in court March 31.

Police say a 38-year-old man told investigators he was assaulted by the driver of a pickup truck who was tailgating him Feb. 2. The driver later was identified as Haynesworth.

Simple assault is punishable in Virginia by not more than a year in jail and a fine of $2,500 or less.

Haynesworth's agent, Chad Speck, has said the player is innocent and that the accuser is seeking fame and money.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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