Ravens cornerback Victor Hampton, who was signed to a reserve-future contract in January, was arrested Saturday in North Carolina and charged with driving while impaired.
Hampton was stopped by police after being clocked driving a Camaro convertible 100 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone on Interstate 77 in Charlotte, according to master trooper John Burgin of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Hampton, 22, also was charged with speeding, reckless driving to endanger and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle. Two passengers in Hampton’s vehicle were arrested after police officers saw them trying to hide firearms under the passenger seat, Burgin said. The weapons were retrieved and secured.
Jamal Cadet and Maurice Thomas, both of Charlotte, were charged with carrying concealed weapons, having an open container and carrying a weapon after consuming alcohol.
Hampton had a 0.10 blood-alcohol level, Burgin said. The legal limit in North Carolina is 0.08. After being booked at the Mecklenburg County Jail, Hampton posted the $2,500 bond and was released.
“We are just learning of the situation and attempting to find out more,” Ravens senior director of public relations Chad Steele said.
After last year’s offseason in which five players were arrested, team officials have said that they’d have less tolerance for off-the-field misconduct. Veteran nose tackle Terrence Cody, a pending free agent, was released last month after the team learned that he was being investigated for animal cruelty.
Hampton, who played in college at South Carolina, went undrafted in 2014. He was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals but ultimately was released. He also spent time on the New York Giants’ practice squad before he signed a one-year, $435,000 reserve-future deal with the Ravens on Jan. 12.
The NFL is also investigating the details of Hampton’s arrest, which is their standard procedure. If Hampton makes the Ravens’ regular-season roster, he could be subject to a two-game suspension if he’s found guilty of driving while impaired, per the league’s substance-abuse policy.
This is not the first time Hampton has encountered some off-the-field issues. He was arrested last year for disorderly conduct in South Carolina after an altercation with his sister. He also was investigated, along with some Gamecocks teammates, for allegedly beating up a nightclub promoter in New York. But no charges were filed for that incident.
Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson contributed to this article.