IRVING - Former Cowboys wide receiver Terry Glenn was arrested Tuesday night in Irving on auto theft charges.
Authorities said Glenn was in a rental car that had been reported stolen by the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport police.
“The officer knew the vehicle was stolen and he stopped the vehicle, arrested the driver and brought him to jail," said David Tull, an Irving Police Department spokesman.
Glenn spent at least six hours in the jail before being released around 1 a.m. Wednesday. His attorney, Luis Vera, said Glenn rented a vehicle while his was being repaired and hadn't returned it because of the holidays.
"It is the biggest crock of garbage," Vera said. "This is not the first person I've had to represent someone who the rental car companies have done this to."
He also said the former football player was on his way to return the vehicle.
It’s the second time Glenn has been arrested by Irving police. A year ago he was arrested at a hotel for possession of marijuana and public intoxication.
Glenn's attorney said the athlete is upset about what he thinks is a bogus charge.
"He didn't steal anything," Vera said. "He didn't need to steal anything. Terry's a good guy."
"If there is a crime and somebody is involved and they need to be arrested they get arrested no matter who they are," Tull said.
The former wide receiver spent 12 years in the NFL. Glenn played for the Cowboys from 2003 to 2007 and was released before training camp in 2008. He also helped take the New England Patriots to a Super Bowl. He was a first-round draft pick by the Patriots in 1996.
A knee injury ended his career.