For those who did not see it, the Georgia State Patrol released a statement regarding the incident, per Ira Schoffel, sports editor for the Tallahassee Democrat.
Greggory Lamar Reid, Jr., age 21, from Tallahassee, FL was arrested Tuesday night in Lowndes County by the Georgia State Patrol during a traffic stop at the intersection of Georgia Highway 376 and Georgia Highway 7. A trooper stopped his 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis for window tint and seat belt violations around 8:45 p.m.
During an inventory of the vehicle, a suspected marijuana joint was located in a cup holder.
He was arrested and taken to the Lowndes County Jail. Mr. Reid is charged with possession of marijuana (less than an ounce); driving while license is suspended or revoked; and seat belt violation.
The Georgia native will most likely not face discipline from Florida State, as the charges were misdemeanors and not felonies. However, Reid has officially proven that he is either the unluckiest driver in America, or that something else might be up, as Schoffel tweeted.
Posting full story on Greg Reid now. Man, that dude must be the unluckiest driver in America ... or something else is up.— Ira Schoffel/TDO.com (@IraSchoffel) July 11, 2012
According to Leon County records, Greg Reid has been charged with seat belt violations FOUR previous times. How is that even possible?— Ira Schoffel/TDO.com (@IraSchoffel) July 11, 2012
Five seat belt violations in two years is a bit absurd. Yet from April 2010 to now, Reid has been cited numerous times in Leon County for the offense. Only once was he a passenger.
From one unpaid ticket in October 2011 to this most recent arrest, the cornerback really needs to get a handle on his driving. Reid could claim he's just unlucky, but to repeat the same offense so often in such a short period of time gives way to a potentially bigger issue.
It would be devastating to see someone with so much potential lose it all due to silly misdemeanors. Hopefully this is the wake-up call that Reid needs. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher should hope to find a way to help get him back on track.
In the meantime, Reid should consider refraining from driving. It might just be in his best interest.