FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, a former Mizzou star, is facing legal troubles after being charged Thursday in St. Charles County, Missouri, with resisting arrest and traffic violations on July 14 -- just two weeks after his NFL-issued four-game drug suspension.
According to a release issued by the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Richardson was driving at "exceedingly high rates of speed" on Interstate 64 in "what appeared to be a road race." In the police incident report, an officer stated that Richardson took off at speeds as high as 143 mph. Richardson eventually exited the car, along with two adult passengers and a 12-year-old boy. A fully loaded semi-automatic handgun was found underneath the driver's floor mat, and the car smelled of marijuana.
Richardson was issued summonses, and was ordered to appear in St. Charles County Circuit Court on Oct. 27 for arraignment.