Eagles' Peters avoids court date

Jason Peters was charged with drag racing, but had the charges reduced.
Jason Peters was charged with drag racing, but had the charges reduced. (Staff)
Posted: July 19, 2013

Jason Peters paid a fine of $656.50 on June 21 after drag racing charges from a week earlier were reduced to driving with improper equipment, according to the Monroe, La., District Attorney's Office.

The Eagles tackle avoided a July 15 arraignment by paying the fine, and the case was officially closed, the DA's office said Wednesday.

Attempts to reach Peters were not successful. He is expected to report to Eagles training camp next Thursday with the rest of the squad.

The Eagles, who originally said they couldn't comment because of the "legal nature" of the matter, said Wednesday: "We are glad to hear that the issue has been resolved."

According to the original arrest affidavit, Peters was pulled over in a white Camaro in the early morning of June 12 after an officer observed him apparently racing a blue sedan. When the officer turned on his emergency lights the sedan pulled over, but the Camaro took flight and exceeded speeds of 100 m.p.h. while the officer was in pursuit, the affidavit said.

Peters was eventually caught, arrested, and charged with drag racing, drag racing on a public road, and resisting by flight. The drag racing and resisting by flight charges were dropped, but Peters was assessed a fine for driving with an illegal muffler, authorities said.

It was the second time Peters was arrested in Louisiana in the last two years. He was charged with disturbing the peace in Shreveport in March 2011, when he refused to turn down the volume of his car stereo outside a Rick Ross concert.

Earlier Wednesday, Peters was awarded nearly $2 million when Kline & Specter, the makers of Roll-A-Bout alternative crutches, settled in a civil lawsuit.

Peters claimed that the Roll-A-Bout device he was using three weeks after he ruptured his right Achilles tendon in March 2012 broke, causing the 6-foot-4, 340-pound tackle to reinjure the tendon.

Peters, a five time Pro Bowler, missed all of the 2012 season. The Eagles said he has been practicing at full strength since the start of spring workouts on April 1.

Extra point. The Eagles officially announced the signing of rookie free agent tackle Michael Bamiro and made room on their 90-man roster by releasing undrafted rookie center Kyle Quinn.

Contact Jeff McLane at jmclane@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @Jeff_McLane.

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