Former Baltimore Ravens player Jermaine Lewis has apparently fallen on hard times. Remembered for returning a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown in the 2001 Super Bowl, he now makes the headlines more for his arrests than his exploits on the field.
His most recent brush with the law on Thursday in Baltimore County gives hints that the former star has fallen. According to a police report, after Lewis was pulled over after an officer saw an unrestrained child in the car, the former player said was driving on a suspended license because "he needed to get food for his son and something to heat his home."
The report adds: "Defendant Lewis then pointed to a fire starter log in the front passenger seat of the vehicle next to his son." His son is 4. Lewis, who lives in Reiserstown, also told the officer that his wife is in jail.
According to the police report, Lewis had his driver's license suspended in November 2007 because of an accumulation of points assessed for traffic infractions, and that he failed to appear at a court hearing. His license was revoked in September 2008, the report says.
On Thursday, police charged Lewis with failing to secure a child under the age of 8 in a safety seat, and driving on a suspended and revoked license. He was arrested and released on $50,000 bail. Police said he was given a ticket in Carroll County for the same offense on Nov. 12, 2011.
In August, Baltimore County police arrested Lewis after an officer said he spotted him driving recklessly. The officer followed Lewis to his home and said he resisted arrested and had to be Tasered to be subdued on his living room couch.
In that case, Lewis was charged with resisting arrest and received several traffic citations. All the charges are still pending in court.
Lewis played for the University of Maryland and spent nine seasons in the National Football League, playing for three teams. His longest was with the Ravens, from 1996 to 2001. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1998 and 2001 and as an All-Pro first team returner in 1998.
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