Earlier today Sheldon Richardson announced he would not fail another NFL drug test because he isn't a drug fiend. That may now be the least of his worries.
According to multiple sources Sheldon Richardson was charged with resisting arrest in connection with an alleged high-speed road race on Interstate 64 in St. Charles County, Missouri on July 14.
The St. Charles County Prosecutor said Richardson was driving a 2014 Bentley Silver Spur that was allegedly clocked by police going as fast as 143 mph.
As officers attempted to stop Richardson's car along the highway, Richardson allegedly increased his speed, drove off the highway, and sped through a red traffic light in an attempt to evade arrest. Officers ended up arresting Richardson when he pulled into the driveway of a home in a nearby neighborhood. Authorities allegedly discovered a 12-year-old child, two other adult men and a loaded gun in Richardson's car. Richardson then complied with the officers' demand to get out of the vehicle and was arrested.
Resisting arrest is a misdemeanor in Missouri with a potential penalty of up to a year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
Court records indicate Richardson also is charged with exceeding the speed limit, following too closely, failing to use lights and failing to obey a traffic signal.
Richardson said to reporters earlier today, before this incident was disclosed, that he smoked marijuana because he was depressed, and the public didn't know what was going on in his life. Perhaps we are now getting an indication of the kinds of things Richardson meant, even if this particular incident happened a couple of weeks after the drug suspension occurred.
Richardson is due in court in October to answer the charges filed in connection with this incident.