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Arkansas Bengal
07-01-2014, 09:32 PM
Trooper who arrested Sam Montgomery suspended, under investigation Posted by Mike Wilkening on June 30, 2014, 9:17 PM EDT
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The South Carolina state trooper who arrested Bengals defensive end Sam Montgomery (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/8425/sam-montgomery) for speeding last week has reportedly been suspended as an investigation is conducted into the officer’s conduct during the traffic stop.

The Greenwood (S.C) Index-Journal has posted what is reportedly video of Montgomery’s arrest (http://www.indexjournal.com/Content/Default/Homepage-Rotating-Articles/Article/DPS-releases-state-trooper-in-dash-video-of-Sam-Montgomery-arrest/-3/225/26281). In the video, the trooper — who reportedly has been identiifed as Lance Cpl. R.S. Salter — asks Montgomery to step out of the car, gives him a series of orders, threatens to use a Taser on Montgomery if necessary and then handcuffs him.

According to The Associated Press, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety suspended Salter (http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/06/30/4004134/video-sc-trooper-threatened-taser.html?sp=/99/330/654/585/) on Thursday.
“Salter’s behavior during the traffic stop of Mr. Montgomery was not representative of professionalism displayed by our troopers and officers every day around the state,” the department said, according to the AP.

The 24-year-old Montgomery was arrested June 25 for allegedly going 89 mph (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/06/25/bengals-de-sam-montgomery-ticketed-for-speeding/) in a 55 mph zone. He was briefly jailed, fined $355 and faces a July court date in Laurens County, South Carolina.

According to the AP, the department of public safety said that Salter did have cause to make an arrest because of the alleged speeding.

Montgomery is a first-year pro from LSU. He signed with the Bengals this spring.


07-01-2014, 11:42 PM
I watched the video earlier. Nothing even happened. I'm sure this wasn't the only thing that bothered his boss/commander.

Patrick Sullivan
07-02-2014, 06:28 AM
That guy was out of hand and deserves to be suspended. As soon as Montgomery said "NFL", this trooper went into combat mode. What a ****. Montgomery handled himself well. Now he needs to learn to ease off the gas pedal a little.

07-02-2014, 08:02 AM
Exhibit 1A of why those BS headlines from PFT and others should be taken with a grain of salt.

07-16-2014, 05:11 PM
Montgomery beats speeding ticket


By MATT BRUCE (mbruce@indexjournal.com), Staff Writer

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 3:47 PM

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Sam Montgomery

Greenwood-bred NFL football player Sam Montgomery was exonerated Wednesday morning of a speeding ticket that led to his arrest late last month.

The ruling came during a hearing inside the Central Traffic Court building in Laurens. Montgomery was not present for the proceedings, but Magistrate Judge Paul Lyles accepted a not-guilty plea from Montgomery's attorney. State Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. R.S. Salters was not present in the courtroom either. Salters was the trooper who stopped the Cincinnati Bengals defensive end traveling along S.C. Highway 72 late the night of June 24 and arrested him. State Department of Public Safety officials announced the officer was suspended without pay less than 48 hours after the traffic stop, pending the outcome of an internal investigation. DPS spokesman noted the investigation centers on Salters’ June 24 encounter with Montgomery. SCHP officials noted during the trial that part of Salters’ suspension precluded him from prosecuting traffic cases for which he’d ticketed motorists.

Laurens attorney Jim C. Todd, who represented Montgomery during the hearing, argued that the charge against the former Louisiana State University standout should be dismissed because Salters was not available to present a case.

“I think it would be in the best interest of the state and for Mr. Montgomery to go ahead and move on from this,” Todd said. “I think that he has learned his lesson and he’s definitely going to slow down. And I think that one night in the Laurens County Detention Center will make anyone realize that. Therefore Mr. Montgomery should be released of this.”

According to a preliminary report from the Highway Patrol, Salters clocked Montgomery driving 89 mph in a 55 mph zone three miles west of Clinton. State attorneys from the Public Safety office beckoned the judge to continue the hearing to Aug. 25, testifying that Salters’ investigation would likely be resolved by then. When Lyles rejected their motion to push the court date back, the prosecutor testified that he was not ready to present a case in the matter. The judge consequently ruled in the defense’s favor.