Jason Peters Reportedly Arrested for Drag Racing and Fleeing Police

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2013

Jun 4, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tackle Jason Peters (71) addresses the media during minicamp at the NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters was reportedly arrested Wednesday morning and charged with drag racing and resisting arrest after leading police on a high-speed chase in Monroe, La.

According to arrest records obtained by Tabby Soignier and USA Today, Peters was the driver of a white Camaro that was involved in a two-car drag race during the wee hours of the morning. The drivers reportedly pulled up to a red light and sped off once the light turned green, exceeding the speed limit as a police cruiser happened to be on watch.

When the deputy attempted to pull the cars over, one of them stopping immediately. The other, driven by Peters, reportedly tried to evade the police, exceeding 100 miles per hour on Interstate 20 before eventually exiting and pulling over in a shopping center parking lot.

Peters was arrested and booked on charges of drag racing and resisting by flight.

"We are aware of the reports that Jason Peters was arrested this morning in Louisiana," the Eagles said in a statement, via USA Today. "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."

A five-time Pro Bowler, the 31-year-old Peters is attempting to return to form after missing the entire   2012 campaign due to Achillies injuries.

Philadelphia struggled mightily to protect its backfield without Peters, the team's most decorated lineman. According to Football Outsiders' offensive line metrics, the Eagles had an adjusted sack rate of 8.3 percent last season, the fifth-worst in the NFL. While that's not entirely attributable to Peters' absence, the veteran's return alongside the first-round selection of Lane Johnson is expected to spark a massive improvement.

“The injury didn’t set me back at all," Peters recently said, per the Delaware County Daily Times. "I’m out there, and I am going to play just like I have been playing. If not, I’ll just hang the helmet up.”

It's unclear how much (if any) affect this arrest will have on Peters' standing within the Eagles organization. He was also arrested in Louisiana two years ago after not acquiescing to officers' requests to turn down the music in his car. 

Peters has not released a statement at this time regarding his arrest. 


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