Los Angeles Rams running back Tre Mason was arrested on Tuesday night by Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office after an arrest warrant was issued in December in relation to an incident that occurred last July where he ran away from police.
Mason was charged with "fleeing and eluding without regard for others' safety," and was later released on $5,000 bond after spending less than an hour in custody.
The incident in question happened on July 27 where he was allegedly recklessly performing wheelies on an ATV. Things escaluated when police attempted to stop him, but he drove past them and headed to his mother's home in Lake Worth, Florida. Shortly thereafter, Mason was followed by police to the home and was cited for operating an ATV on the public roads and failing to adhear to their orders to stop.
According to a dash-cam video released by TMZ, Mason's mom, Tina, told the officers that her son is "22 in a 10-year-old's mindset right now," and had suggested that this could have been affected by the head injuries he suffered during his football career.
Prior to that, Mason had been arrested in Hollywood, Florida on March 5 where he faced five charges that include for resisting an officer/obstruction without violence, reckless driving, failure to register a motor vehicle, possession of marijuana in an amount less than 20 grams and failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle.
There was also a cause for concern regarding his mental well-being after a bizarre incident that occurred last July just prior to his arrest as TMZ reported that Mason reportedly threatened the police that he would call the White House to have them all fired and followed it up with strange statements about Al Qaeda.
These run-ins with the law along with the utter lack of communication between Mason and the Rams led the team to placing him on reserve/did not report list without pay during training camp. It was a designation that he held throughout the entire 2016 season.
Mason was originally selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Rams after a breakout junior season at Auburn where he set a school record with 1,816 rushing yards. In his rookie campaign, Mason earned the starting job early in the year compiling 765 rushing yards and four touchdowns in just 12 games. This included two 100-yard rushing performance.
However, he relegated to backup duties in his second year after the Rams selected Todd Gurley with the 10th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Mason amassed just 207 yards on 75 carries and a touchdown in that season, and has taken the field since.