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.