Bakersfield, CA – Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks, age 26, was arrested on Friday night, September 22.
The incident occurred on Interstate 5 near Bakersfield, according to MSN. Police said that Westbrooks was stopped for speeding, and officers observed a handgun in the glove compartment of his vehicle while he was looking for his registration, according to ESPN.
The firearm was reported stolen in 2009, according to California Highway Patrol records, and was loaded with a “high-capacity” magazine holding a whopping 13 rounds of ammunition.
Westbrooks was arrested on five felony charges: receiving stolen property, carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a stolen loaded firearm, grand theft of a firearm, and possessing a high-capacity magazine. He was booked into the Kern County Jail in Bakersfield, and has since posted bail.
His next court appearance is set for October 5. Westbrooks said that he was unable to provide details about the incident because it’s “a pending legal action, but did say that it was “a bad situation.”
He said that he had talked to Rams Coach Sean McVay on Monday and was told that the team would support him. He did practice with the team on Monday but his status for Sunday’s game is unknown. The Rams recently granted him a contract extension through 2018.
Westbrooks was previously arrested in Sacramento on suspicion of domestic violence in March but was never formally charged.
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