One of the top free agent acquisitions for the Chicago Bears was arrested in Pasco County, Florida over the weekend.
Wide receiver Byron Pringle was pulled over by police at approximately 6:15 p.m. ET on April 23 and charged with reckless driving, in addition to driving with a suspended license. TMZ was first to report the news on April 24.
Pringle was driving a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which is registered to him, and according to the incident report obtained by TMZ, he was doing donuts in the car on a public roadway with a juvenile child, his son, in the back seat. There was also an adult male in the front passenger seat.
The cloud of smoke produced by the car burning rubber limited visibility of other drivers on the opposite-bound road, per Fox 13 News. When the Florida Highway Patrol asked for his driver’s license, they saw it had been suspended.
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Pringle Was Also ‘Verbally Confrontational’
According to TMZ, Pringle also got “verbally confrontational” with troopers on the scene. He was arrested shortly after that with no further incident.
Pringle, 28, is one of the first free agents signed by new general manager Ryan Poles. The two have a previous connection from their time together in Kansas City, where Pringle spent the previous three seasons. The veteran wide receiver lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida, which is less than a mile from where the incident occurred, per the Chicago Sun-Times.
“That relationship was big because I’ve known him for a while,” Poles said about Pringle at the NFL owners meetings in March, per the team’s official website. “I know what [players] he was behind in Kansas City, and I know every time his number was called he was productive and he was dependable, and he’s tough.”
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Punishment Remains Unclear for Pringle
The punishment(s) for Pringle — from the league, the team and the state of Florida — remain unknown. He is currently charged with two misdemeanors. The Bears inked Pringle to a one-year contract with …read more