When you’re a fourth-round pick who is coming off a rookie season that saw you play a really limited role, your best bet is probably to lay low, spend your offseason working out, and arrive for Year 2 as ready as you could possibly be.
Or you can do what Mark Walton has done.
Third arrest in less than three months
Via the Miami Herald, Walton, a Cincinnati Bengals running back who is a Miami native and played for the Miami Hurricanes, turned himself in to authorities on Thursday to face felony charges of carrying a concealed weapon, marijuana possession and reckless driving.
The allegations come after a March 12 incident.
According to court documents, police in Miami-Dade tried to pull over Walton, who was behind the wheel of a rented BMW, speeding and weaving through traffic. Police say the car abruptly pulled over in the front yard of a home and Walton got out.
One officer ordered Walton to the ground. Police say initially Walton did that, but then he “sprang to his feet” and ran away.
The 5-foot-10 Walton was shot in the back with a Taser stun gun during a foot chase, but documents say he removed the electrified barbs and continued running, escaping police.
Upon a search of Walton’s car, police say they found 14 grams of marijuana, a 9mm carbine rifle and several fully loaded clips. Walton did purchase the weapon legally, and rented the car in his own name.
January and February incidents preceded most recent arrest
Walton, who had just 14 carries, five catches and totaled 75 yards from scrimmage as a rookie, was already facing charges from incidents in January and February before the March incident.
Miami police say that on Feb. 16, Walton was arguing with a neighbor in a parking garage at his condo building when he snatched a phone from the neighbor. He was charged with misdemeanor battery from that scuffle.
He is also awaiting trial for a January arrest for misdemeanor marijuana possession.
There has been no word publicly from the Bengals.
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