Jets’ Sheldon Richardson Charged with Resisting Arrest 12 Days After Ban

Jets’ Sheldon Richardson Charged with Resisting Arrest 12 Days After Ban

In this Nov. 24, 2014, file photo, New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson watches during warmups before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Detroit. Richardson felt helpless as he watched the scenes near his hometown unfold on TV and social media. He was born and raised in St. Louis, just a few minutes away from the suburb of Ferguson, Mo., where police officer Darren Wilson was not indicted by a grand jury last week in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
In this Nov. 24, 2014, file photo, New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson watches during warmups before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (ESPN) — New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson has been charged with resisting arrest after a July 14 incident in which police say he was driving a car engaged in a high-speed road race near his home in St. Louis, the prosecuting attorney said Thursday in a statement.

A fully loaded semi-automatic weapon was found in the car, a 2014 Bentley, police said, and there was “a very strong odor of burned marijuana” emanating from the vehicle, the St. Charles County prosecuting attorney’s office said in a statement posted to its website.

Richardson’s car was traveling as fast as 143 mph, according to the statement, and police said a 12-year-old was among the passengers in his car.

The incident occurred only 12 days after Richardson received a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

Reports of the arrest didn’t surface until late Thursday, less than one hour after Richardson, commenting publicly for the first time on the suspension, vowed to stay clean.

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