Jason Peters may not be the quickest player on the field for the Philadelphia Eagles, but police say he’s way too fast on the roads.
The offensive tackle and five-time Pro Bowler was arrested in Louisiana early Wednesday morning for drag racing, and afterward he split with police in pursuit.
Police said they saw Peters in a white Camaro, preparing for a race with a blue sedan at a red light of US 165 in Monroe. The cars were waiting at a red light, and when it turned green they both accelerated at a high speed, and appeared to the police officer to be racing.
The officer activate emergency lights to pull over the vehicles, but the Camaro accelerated to what police said was an extremely high rate of speed.
Jason Peters reportedly drove upward of 100 miles per hour as a deputy pursued, and then stopped off into a shopping center parking lot.
At that point Peters gave in, following an officer’s verbal commands to exit the vehicle. Police handcuffed Peters and took him to Ouachita Correctional Center, where he was booked on charges of drag racing and resisting by flight.
Peters has a precarious position with the Eagles. After coming over from the Buffalo Bills in a 2009 trade as a highly coveted offensive lineman, Peters has struggled with injuries, missing the entire 2012 season after two tears to the same Achilles tendon.The team didn’t say much about Jason Peters’ recent arrest.
“We are aware of the reports that Jason Peters was arrested this morning in Louisiana,” the Eagles said in a statement. “We have been in contact with Jason and due to the legal nature of this matter we will not have any further comment at this point.”
Jason Peters was arrested once before, being booked on charges of disturbing the peace at a Rick Ross concert in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 2011. Officers asked Peters to turn down the music in his vehicle, but he refused.