Report: Sheldon Richardson Charged with Resisting Arrest

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New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was charged with resisting arrest on Thursday, according to a report from the St. Louis Dispatch.

In conjunction with the report, Richardson was involved in a high-speed road race on Highway 40 (Interstate 64), in which his 2014 Bentley Silver Spur was clocked at speeds of up to 143 mph.

Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) scrambles away from New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) scrambles away from New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

 

As officers attempted to pull him over on the highway, Richardson increased his speed and drove through a traffic light as he got off the interstate. Speeding and running red lights were reported as two of several traffic violations that the Jets star was cited for.  He also had a fully-loaded handgun.

It was only when Richardson pulled into a driveway in a nearby neighborhood that police were able to catch up and force him to exit the vehicle. At this point, Richardson complied.  Two other men, as well as a 12 year old child, were all found in the vehicle that the Jets former first round pick was driving.  None were charged but Richardson.

This comes after a 4 game suspension being handed down to Richardson due to violation of the league substance abuse policy. St. Charles Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said that the misdemeanor of resisting arrest comes with the potential for a $1,000 fine and/or up to one year in jail.

The Jets star, for all the talent he has, doesn’t seem to be taking the careful path in his NFL career. If he wants to remain the defensive juggernaut that the Jets know he can be, he’ll need to clean up his act off the field.

 

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