Sheldon Richardson Led Police on High Speed Chase over 140 mph and was charged with resisting arrest and multiple traffic violations after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase in Missouri on July 14.
The Bleacher Report: The 24-year-old was “clocked by police as going as fast as 143 mph” as they gave chase in St. Charles County, per Mark Schlinkmann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Police allege Richardson attempted to flee after the officers stopped his Bentley and another vehicle that was speeding. He was eventually pulled over in the driveway of a home in an adjacent neighborhood.
At the time of his arrest, Richardson was driving with two other adults and a 12-year-old child. He was charged with resisting arrest along with “exceeding the speed limit, following too closely, failing to use lights and failing to obey a traffic signal.” A resisting arrest conviction carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail.
On Thursday, Sheldon Richardson stood before reporters and proclaimed, “I’m not a dope fiend.” Then shortly afterwards, Richardson gets arrested for a speeding incident that occurred on July 14. Richardson was traveling at speeds over 140 mph as he tried to avoid police.
On the first day of training camp, Richardson stole the headlines for his stupidity. The immensely gifted Pro Bowl defender now could face a lengthy suspension from the NFL for violating its code of conduct policy.
The news of Richardson’s arrest came about an hour after he met with reporters to discuss his suspension. An apologetic Richardson vowed he would not make the same mistake again and promised to stay out of the news, which lasted for about 45 minutes.
“I take full accountability for my actions,” Richardson said of the drug suspension. “I apologize to my teammates and the organization. I told them you don’t have to worry about my name being in the news again.”
The Jets defensive lineman was charged Thursday in Missouri with resisting arrest and a variety of traffic violations for a July 14 incident that involved him going 143 mph, trying to avoid police and eventually getting caught with a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his car, which reeked like marijuana, according to police. There was a 12-year-old and two other adult males in the car.
Richardson hid this arrest from the Jets, who did not learn of it until the media reported it Thursday. Read more of the story: Jets Sheldon Richardson Arrested for Fleeing Cops at 143 mph