Eagles Pro Bowler Jason Peters arrested for drag racing, fleeing police
Acoording to police report, an officer observed a white Camaro and blue sedan at the red light of U.S. 165 North and Central Street around 4:45 a.m. Wednesday morning. Then, when the light turned green both cars took off at a high rate of speed, as if they were drag racing each other.
While the white sedan immediately pulled over to the shoulder of the roadway, on the officer’s attempt to bring the illegal racing to a halt, the white Camaro sped refused to bend to the will of the law. The Camaro, driven by Peters, led the officer to a chase at speeds exceeding 100 miles an hour, and exited U.S. 165 North and proceeded eastbound on Interstate 20, according to the arrest affidavit said.
Peters later drove his Camaro off the highway, exiting the interstate 20 to pull over into a shopping-center parking lot. The police officer then gave Peters verbal commands to step out of the vehicle, which the player finally heeded. Peters was restrained in handcuffs and arrested at the spot. He was later transported to the Ouachita Correctional center where he was booked on charges of drag racing and restraining flight, the police officer said.
"We are aware of the reports that Jason Peters was arrested this morning in Louisiana," said the Eagles in a statement released following Peters’ arrest. "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."
This is Peters’ second brush with the police since he entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Buffalo Bills in 2004. During March 2011, Peters was arrested in Shreveport, La., and charged with disturbing the peace as well as resisting arrest.
The spent his first five seasons in the league playing for the Bills. In the 2009 offseason, the Eagles traded for Peters, in return shipping off a first-round pick to the Bills. The five-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro Peters did not play for the Bills in 2012 after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon the previous season. However, Peters had been fully medically cleared to participate in the Eagles’ practices this offseason.