It started as a good day, and that always hasn’t been the case with Titus Young recently.

But Friday, hours before he was arrested for the third time in less than a week, the former Lions receiver was in a cheerful mood driving around Los Angeles with his father, Richard.

They went to a local Winchell’s Donut House, got coffee and doughnuts, gave their spare change to a couple of panhandlers and cruised back home with the convertible top down on Young’s black Ford Mustang.

Richard Young had to tend to his front lawn and was thinking about taking Titus to visit his sister in Corona over the weekend.

“We were really talking, and so I was loving it,” Richard Young told the Free Press. “We get home, and he said, ‘Daddy, I left my phone in the car. Can I get my phone?’ ’Cause usually I give my wife the key to hold the key, ’cause he’s not supposed to be driving. And I gave him the key, he sat in the car for a minute, and he took off and we ain’t seen him since.”

By midnight, Young was in police custody facing felony charges of burglary and assault on a peace officer and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amorino said police received two calls about suspicious behavior involving Young before the break-in. And Richard Young, who found out about Titus’ arrest in a Sunday morning phone call, said he hopes this is the wake-up call his talented son needs to finally get help for the demons that have been haunting him for some time.

In a rambling 21-minute phone interview that he abruptly ended by asking for people to keep his son in their prayers, Richard Young said Titus Young had sought help recently at outpatient facilities in Texas and in Newport Beach and Malibu, Calif.

Titus Young was supposed to re-enter a program Monday, Richard Young said, when instead he was in the medical ward of the Central Men’s Jail in Santa Ana, Calif.