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Saints’ Williams Jailed Briefly

February 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.

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