Saints' Williams Jailed Briefly
Feb. 22, 2000
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Ricky Williams of the New Orleans Saints spent two hours in jail Monday night after failing to sign a traffic ticket.
Tom Vinger, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said a trooper pulled Williams' over in his 1999 Hummer about 9:24 p.m.
A trooper reported that Williams, who won the 1998 Heisman Trophy at Texas, swerved his $80,000 truck from the far right lane to the far left lane without signaling, disrupting traffic on the three-lane street in downtown Austin,
When the trooper pulled over the car, Williams ``was upset. He was not particularly cooperative,'' Vinger said.
The football player refused to sign the ticket, which charged him with failing to signal a lane change that carried a maximum $200 fine.
Vinger said the signature is a promise that he would later contact the court about the ticket. The trooper arrested Williams and took him to the Travis County Jail to personally face a judge.
A jail operator said Williams was booked in at 10:08 p.m. Monday and released at 4:24 a.m. Tuesday.
``It is absolutely terrible judgment,'' Williams' lawyer, Joe Jamail, told the Dallas Morning News. ``They know who he is and where he lives. They don't take you to jail for refusing to sign a ticket. I'm incensed about it.''
Williams returned to the University of Texas to take classes this semester.