Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt was arrested Tuesday and charged with one felony and two misdemeanors following a car chase in his hometown of Bayonne, N.J., according to reports.
Police said Britt was driving a blue four-door Porsche when police clocked him driving more than 20 miles over the speed limit. Britt, who had a passenger, allegedly tried to elude officers who attempted a traffic stop.
Charges against the 22-year-old, who was the Titans’ first-round draft pick in 2009, are eluding a police officer (a third-degree felony), lying to an officer hindering apprehension and obstructing governmental function (misdemeanors).
An officer tried to pull Britt over for speeding but he accelerated and moved through traffic before exiting the highway. Britt and passenger Jerel Lord were then allegedly seen walking from the parked car on a local street. Britt denied being the driver of the car and Lord tried to run before being apprehended, according to police. Lord faces three charges: resisting arrest, obstructing governmental function and marijuana possession.
Both men were released from police custody later Tuesday night and await a scheduled court hearing.
This isn’t Britt’s first run-in with the law. The 22-year-old was arrested for three outstanding traffic warrants in January of 2010. He was then involved in a bar fight in Nashville in October. He wasn’t charged, but former Titans coach Jeff Fisher benched him for the first quarter of a game. Just a couple months ago, Britt was charged with theft-by-deception, a misdemeanor, after he was accused by two bail companies of not following through on paying the bail money for a friend who had been arrested.
Britt was selected 30th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft and has 84 receptions for 1,476 yards and 12 touchdowns in two years for the Titans. Last year, he had 42 catches for 775 yards and led the team with nine touchdowns.