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Police investigating after Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes' damaged car found abandoned

  • In this Dec. 10, 2012 photo, New England Patriots' Brandon Spikes watches from the bench in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass. Massachusetts State Police are investigating after a damaged 2011 Mercedes-Maybach belonging to Spikes was found abandoned in the median of Interstate 495 with front-end damage at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, June 7, 2015, in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    In this Dec. 10, 2012 photo, New England Patriots' Brandon Spikes watches from the bench in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass. Massachusetts State Police are investigating after a damaged 2011 Mercedes-Maybach belonging to Spikes was found abandoned in the median of Interstate 495 with front-end damage at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, June 7, 2015, in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this May 29, 2015 photo, New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes talks with reporters after an NFL football organized team activity in Foxborough, Mass. Massachusetts State Police are investigating after a damaged 2011 Mercedes-Maybach belonging to Spikes was found abandoned in the median of Interstate 495 with front-end damage at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, June 7, 2015, in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    In this May 29, 2015 photo, New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes talks with reporters after an NFL football organized team activity in Foxborough, Mass. Massachusetts State Police are investigating after a damaged 2011 Mercedes-Maybach belonging to Spikes was found abandoned in the median of Interstate 495 with front-end damage at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, June 7, 2015, in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  (The Associated Press)

Massachusetts State Police are investigating after a damaged car belonging to New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was found abandoned in the median of Interstate 495 over the weekend.

The 2011 Mercedes-Maybach was found with front-end damage at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday in Foxborough after the operator via the OnStar on-board navigation system reported hitting a deer, state police spokesman David Procopio said in a statement. It's not clear who had been driving.

"Whoever had been driving it was no longer at the scene," Procopio said. "Investigation indicates the Mercedes is registered to Brandon Spikes. No deer was located."

A short time later, troopers responded to a report that a Nissan Murano, also on I-495 in the same area as the abandoned car, had been rear-ended by a vehicle the occupants did not see. Three people — a 52-year-old man, a 32-year-old woman and a 12-year-old boy, all from Billerica — were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, authorities said.

Police say they have contacted Spikes and are investigating whether the incidents are related. So far, no connection has been established and no charges have been filed.

Phone and email messages left Monday with Spikes' agent weren't immediately returned.

"We are aware of the report and we are looking into the matter, but I don't have any additional comment at this time," Patriots spokesman Stacey James said.

Spikes was drafted out of Florida by the Patriots in 2010. He spent the first four years of his career with the team before playing last season with the Buffalo Bills. He re-signed with the Patriots last month.