FLORHAM PARK: According to multiple reports, New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson plead not guilty on charges stemming from his July 14 arrest. Richardson was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and various other traffic violations.
If found guilty, Richardson is subject to a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail. St. Louis Today's Joe Hollerman was the first to report the news.
Richardson, 24, got himself in trouble after he was caught street racing on Interstate 64 in Missouri. According to the police report, officers clocked two vehicles, one driven by Richardson, at speeds of 122, 135 and 143 MPH. When police attempted to conduct a traffic stop, Richardson's car increased his speed to avoid the citation. The car then got off the interstate.
The police report states Richardson lost his car shortly after getting off of the highway and slid into oncoming traffic. He then sped through a red traffic signal and turned off his car's lights to avoid detection. Richardson was eventually caught when police noticed the brake lights of a car in a driveway, and pulled in behind.
Officers ordered Richardson and the car's three other passengers to exit the vehicle. Among the passengers was a 12-year-old boy. There was a loaded hand gun underneath the driver's seat. The report mentions that everyone in the car smelled of marijuana.
With Richardson pleading not guilty, a trial has been set for Oct. 5, one day after New York's Week 4 game against the Miami Dolphins. Richardson is presently suspended the first four games of the 2015 season after failing a drug test.