LAWRENCEVILLE — Atlanta Falcon Roddy White was speeding — barely — when he was pulled over in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The Pro Bowl receiver would have escaped the I-85 traffic stop with only a citation.
If only he’d paid that other ticket.
Online records show White was booked into the Gwinnett County jail at about 4:20 a.m. Tuesday on a single charge of failure to appear. He was released less than 90 minutes later on $168 bond — a total matching the citation and bench warrant fees for a window tinting ticket issued almost exactly a year earlier.
According to an incident report, a Gwinnett County police officer stopped White’s car on I-85 north near Old Peachtree Road shortly after 3:15 a.m. Tuesday. The responding officer initiated the stop after he “paced” White’s Audi A8 “at 10 miles per hour above the posted speed limit, which was 65 miles per hour.”
The officer then ran White’s driver’s license and searched the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office’s website for any outstanding warrants.
He found one.
“The sheriff’s department web site showed that Mr. White had an outstanding bench warrant … for failure to appear on a traffic citation for illegal window tint that was issued back on February 17, 2013 … ,” the incident report said.
According to that citation, White — whose full name is Sharod Lamar White — was pulled over on I-85 southbound near Hamilton Mill Road and ticketed for front passenger windows that were too dark. A bench warrant was issued on May 21, 2013, about two months after White, who has a home in Braselton, did not appear in court to face the citation.
On Tuesday morning, White “exited the vehicle and he was placed under arrest” after being notified of the outstanding warrant, police said. His vehicle was turned over to a female passenger.
He was also issued a citation for speeding.
White is a four-time Pro Bowler with the Falcons, the team he has played for since being drafted out of the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 2005. The 32-year-old is no stranger to controversy, though it typically arises from his Twitter account or comments to the media.
The Falcons posted a statement to their website late Tuesday morning.
“We are aware of the incident involving Roddy White,” it read. “We anticipate this will be resolved shortly and we will have no further comment at this time.”