Bengals DE Sam Montgomery cited for speeding, released after being briefly booked

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Bengals defensive end Sam Montgomery was ticketed for speeding on Wednesday morning in South Carolina, the Laurens County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Office confirmed to PFT.

Montgomery’s citation was first reported by Fox Carolina. also reported on Montgomery’s ticket.

According to Lt. Francine Champagne of the sheriff’s office, Montgomery was ticketed for being clocked at 89 mph in a 55 mph zone. The citation drew a $355 fine, and Montgomery was booked into the county jail early Wednesday morning. According to the sheriff’s office, it’s not uncommon to be booked for being alleged to have been traveling more than 25 mph over the limit.

Montgomery was released this morning on his own recognizance, according to the sheriff’s office. He has a July 16 court date in the county, Lt. Champagne said.

The 24-year-old Montgomery signed with the Bengals in April. He was a third-round pick of the Texans out of Louisiana State in 2013.

According to data from the sheriff’s office, the date of birth for Montgomery matches the one cited in his online NFL and LSU biographies. Also, an online record of the arrest no longer on the sheriff’s office website listed Montgomery’s address in Greenwood, South Carolina, which was listed as his hometown in his LSU bio.

24 responses to “Bengals DE Sam Montgomery cited for speeding, released after being briefly booked

  1. Speeding gets a story?!?

    I guess speeding is equal to beating up your spouse and dragging her thru a casino.

  2. We’re only concerned about defensive ends speeding when it is Jadaveon Clowney.

  3. So, to be clear, in South Carolina, a black man was put in jail just for speeding.

    That’s stupid.

  4. This story isn’t (or shouldn’t) be about football, or rivalries between fans, or poop-talking on the Bengals.

    The real story is: WHY IN THE HELL DID HE GET BOOKED FOR SPEEDING??? I find it incredibly disturbing that someone gets arrested even briefly for going 89 in a 55.

    Now if he is drunk or shuttling cocaine or something, that’s fine. But our government should NOT have the ability to arrest for 89 in a 55.

  5. Dude got a speeding ticket. Wow. Slow football news day.
    And for full disclosure, I got a speeding ticket two weeks ago from the Arapahoe County Sherriffs department for doing 58 in a 45 mph zone. A 4 point ticket, but if I pay by mail or online it is lowered to a 2 point ticket (something like a tail light broken).
    Any other law breakers who need to fess up on this site?

  6. It’s sad that professional athletes LITERALLY ….. can’t do anything!! Not only is this uneventful press, but just imagine if every mistake all of us made was reported through social media.

  7. marvsleezy says:
    Jun 25, 2014 12:38 PM
    So, to be clear, in South Carolina, a black man was put in jail just for speeding.

    That’s stupid.
    If you want things to be clear, read the article and not just the headline.

    He was way over the speed limit and arrests are not uncommon–you unnecessarily added a racial element

  8. Getting booked for a speeding violation like that is stupid…never should happen. The fine is also outrageous and does not fit the crime.

  9. I forgot the Bengals had even signed this guy. Complete non-factor, will be gone in about 8 weeks.

    Oh… and WTH SC?

  10. Kind of surprising he got caught speeding in South Carolina.

    The drivers there are usually traveling 15 mph UNDER the speed limit in the high speed lane and won’t allow anyone to pass them.

    I’m beginning to think its the state sport or something…

  11. In some states, being 30 or more over the limit is considered “reckless driving”, and can lead to an arrest.

    I fell 2 mph short of getting reckless in California, 98 mph in a 70. I-5 was empty except for the guy in the Chevy Tahoe in the right lane who stayed right in my blind spot regardless of what speed I was doing (I call such drivers “Klingons”). So I decided to open up a little space and see what that 244 hp V6 could do. Cop was coming the other direction, and I had the radio cranked too high to hear the radar detector. Whoops.

  12. It’s not just a SC thing. When I was 17 I got pulled over for 80 in a 55, cop said if i was over 18 he would have cuffed me and taken me in for 25 over. Guess it is a common law?

  13. I was once running late for work and got pulled over going 92 in a 65. The cop said “can you slow down for me?” I said “Yessir, I’ll walk the rest of the way if you don’t give me a ticket.” And he said “just slow down, it’s not that important.” Thank god there are awesome cops out there.

  14. Hauling a sober guy back to the station for speeding at 12:30am and giving him a $355 ticket. Meanwhile drunken drivers o’plenty cruising around freely. That sounds like a good use of police/government time and resources.

  15. It’s always funny to me that the most boring team in the NFL makes more headlines in the off season than they do when they are in-season.
    6-10, anyone?

  16. 20 miles over is a felony in many states. Yes it’s ridiculous to be booked but I know someone who was arrested and held for three days because they went to the wrong court room to pay a speeding ticket.

  17. Seems to me that people whine and moan when athletes/celebrities are let off easy just because they are famous, yet this one gets cited and booked according to the letter of the law and yet people complain about that too.

    Speeding kills more innocent people than drunk driving, so if you’re dumb enough to drive 34 miles over the limit, then you deserve to get caught. No sympathy from me.

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