Sometimes when athletes become big stars, longtime friends and family members are the cause of legal and money issues.  A BMW registered to L.A. Rams star wide receiver Tavon Austin was involved in a police chase in California on Wednesday.  The driver, however, was not Austin, it was an old friend.

According to TMZ Sports, cops say Austin’s longtime friend Dominic Makell, was driving a silver BMW X6 on a California highway.  Cops tried to pull him over (reason unknown) but Makell allegedly took off.  Eventually, the vehicle came to a stop and Makell was arrested for felony evading an officer and willful disregard.  He was taken to a nearby station where he was booked and bail was set at $50,000.

Austin’s name was reportedly listed as the registered owner of the car on the official police report.  TMZ spoke with the Rams and the team confirmed Austin was at practice all day and was not involved with the arrest.

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