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LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. —An NFL player was arrested in the Upstate overnight, according to the Highway Patrol.
Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain said Sydney “Sam” Montgomery was booked into the Detention Center on a Highway Patrol charge for speeding. The traffic stop and arrest was conducted by the Highway Patrol.
Montgomery is accused of going 89 mph in a 55 mph area. He was pulled over just after 12:30 a.m.
The Highway Patrol has not yet said why Montgomery was arrested rather than ticketed, but they did say it is up to the trooper’s discretion. The Highway Patrol said they are gathering information and will release the details of his arrest Wednesday afternoon.
Montgomery plays for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was added to the roster in April.
He was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2013, but did not appear in any of his first seven games before he was released, according to NFL.com.
The website said the Texans cut Montgomery due to marijuana use, but Montgomery immediately denied via a statement by his agent, Jeff Guerriero.
It said the Oakland Raiders signed Montgomery to their practice squad in December but he was placed on injured reserve after injuring his knee in his very first practice.
Montgomery is from Greenwood and played for Louisiana State University.