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Sam Montgomery has speeding ticket dropped

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One of the final chapters in an incident that saw Bengals defensive end Sam Montgomery cited for speeding and a South Carolina state trooper garnering a suspension has been closed, as Montgomery’s ticket was reportedly dropped on Wednesday.

According to the Greenwood (S.C.) Index-Journal and The Associated Press, Montgomery’s ticket was tossed when Lance Cpl. R.S. Salter did not appear for a hearing on Montgomery’s ticket on Wednesday. According to the Index-Journal, Salter is unable to appear in court for traffic offenses because of his suspension.

Salter was suspended after ticketing Montgomery for allegedly going 89 mph in a 55 mph zone on June 25. Video of Montgomery’s arrest showed Salter indicating he would use a Taser on Montgomery if needed. According to the AP, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety said that the trooper’s “behavior during the traffic stop of Mr. Montgomery was not representative of professionalism displayed by our troopers and officers every day around the state.”

Montgomery was briefly detained after being ticketed, though the Laurens County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Office indicated to PFT that a speeding ticket of more than 25 mph usually involves a booking.

The 24-year-old Montgomery joined the Bengals in the offseason. A second-year pro from LSU, Montgomery previously played for the Texans and Raiders. He was a third-round pick of Houston in 2013.

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12 Responses to “Sam Montgomery has speeding ticket dropped”
  1. therealbrettfavre says: Jul 16, 2014 9:29 PM

    Montgomery should stop hanging around this Greenwood guy. Sounds like trouble.

  2. ctiggs says: Jul 16, 2014 9:33 PM

    #nobodyhasitbetter

  3. htowntexan says: Jul 16, 2014 9:33 PM

    Another great pick by Rick Smith. We’re in for some pain this year. Hopefully the owner wises up after this year.

  4. uglydingo says: Jul 16, 2014 10:04 PM

    I hope that the trooper apologized to Montgomery on bended knee before getting suspended without pay. After all Sam was only going 34 mph over the speed limit which constitutes reckless driving in some parts.

  5. ajgreenhof says: Jul 16, 2014 10:12 PM

    Who Dey!

  6. nickinneohio says: Jul 16, 2014 11:00 PM

    Consider this a lucky break Sam. You were doing 89 in a 55.

  7. madmikepromo says: Jul 17, 2014 12:37 AM

    When will NFL players stay out of trouble. Its always something.

  8. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 17, 2014 7:48 AM

    So Sam gets away with speeding.

    I’ve watched the video and the cop was over the top a bit and deserves to be punished. However that shouldn’t mean that Sam goes unpunished for the speeding.

    Any wonder athletes act above the law? They are.

  9. 87hollywoodhorn says: Jul 17, 2014 7:57 AM

    He was exactly the edge holding run stopper the Texans needed. Dude coulda been a beast there. Instead he was a beast at Burger King and threw down a dozen whoppers a day.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 17, 2014 10:13 AM

    Immediately after this news, Ozzie took him off his wish list.

  11. melikefootball says: Jul 17, 2014 10:25 AM

    I think I saw the trooper got a letter of recommendation. 89 in a 55, I made a mistake looking at the speed gun.

  12. steelerben says: Jul 17, 2014 11:03 AM

    The officer behaved inappropriately and was caught on tape doing so. He was suspended for this actions. Because of his suspension, he was not in court for the ticket. Anyone here that has ever had a ticket that requires a trip to court knows that if the officer that issued the citation is not present the case is thrown out. This has nothing to do with him being an athlete.

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