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Sam Montgomery Exonerated from Speeding Ticket That Led to Arrest

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Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals defensive end Sam Montgomery was ticketed and arrested earlier this offseason for speeding well above the limit in South Carolina. New information came out that showed that the officer that arrested Montgomery is kind of a jerk, and that Montgomery shouldn't have been arrested for the incident.

As it turns, the courts agree, and Montgomery has been exonerated.

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. State Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. R.S. Salters was not present in the courtroom either.

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."

A second-year NFL player, Montgomery was a former third-round pick with the Houston Texans in 2013. However, he was inactive during the first seven games before being waived on Oct. 22.

The Oakland Raiders signed him onto their practice squad momentarily in December. The bengals are hoping he can help fill the void left by Michael Johnson, who departed in free agency this offseason. It's going to take a committee of players to account for his impact, but Montgomery is a very talented player who just needs to keep his head on straight.