NFL star, former Mizzou standout arrested in alleged street-racing incident

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – A former standout on the Mizzou football team and NFL first-round draft pick is facing charges of resisting arrest and other traffic violations for allegedly street racing on Interstate 64.

According to KTVI, New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was arrested in St. Charles County on July 14.

The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said officers with the O’Fallon Police Department noticed two vehicles in what appeared to be a road race on westbound I-64. The vehicles were allegedly clocked on radar three times at speeds of 122, 135, and 143 miles per hour.

Sheldon Richardson (Credit: KTVI)

Sheldon Richardson (Credit: KTVI)

According to police, officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, at which time the driver of a 2014 Bentley Silver Spur increased continued speeding to avoid citation. The driver got off the interstate, sped through a red traffic signal, and turned off its vehicle lights. The driver then turned into the driveway of a home in a nearby neighborhood to avoid detection, but police noticed the brake lights and pulled in behind the car.

Officers identified Richardson, an O’Fallon native, as the driver. Two other men and a 12-year-old child were also in the car. Officers allege that a fully loaded handgun was found beneath the driver’s seat, and that they detected the smell of marijuana in the car.

The passengers were not charged with any crimes.

Richardson, the 2013 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, was selected sixth overall out of the University of Missouri by the Jets in that year’s NFL Draft. Earlier this summer he was suspended by the NFL after testing positive for marijuana. He is scheduled to appear in St. Charles County Circuit Court in late October for his arraignment.