Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Lerentee McCray was arrested in Central Florida early Sunday morning following a high-speed pursuit with police officers after they attempted to pull him over.
McCray was booked dingo the Lake County Jail in Tavares, Florida, just before 8 a.m. ET Sunday and was released after paying a $5,000 bond. He was officially charged with fleeing/eluding police with disregard of safety to person or property, a second-degree felony, and also was issued a citation for speeding and making an obscene gesture towards a police officer.
According to the Fruitland Park Police Dept, a patrol officer observed McCray (in a white Dodge Ram pickup truck) traveling at 88 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone. The officer tried to initiate a traffic stop but the driver stuck the middle finger up and continued driving.
The first officer was joined by a second and they pursued the vehicle at speeds up to 100 mph before calling off the chase because the vehicle was being driven recklessly and swerving across three lanes of traffic, according to the police report.
The FPPD officer was later notified by members of the Tavares Police Department that McCray had come to a stop and appeared to be in an “altered mental status.” He was taken to a local hospital for a medical evaluation.
According to the police report, when McCray was interviewed at the hospital by the FPPD officer who initially tried to pull him over, he acknowledged he was the driver of the vehicle in question and responded, “Oh that was you? My bad.”
McCray has spent the past four seasons with the Jaguars as a core special teams player and part-time defensive player. He has 37 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 47 games and is scheduled to become a free agent in March.
McCray played two seasons in Denver and one in Buffalo before signing with the Jaguars in 2017.