Tampa, FL – Chicago Bears wide receiver Byron Pringle was arrested on Saturday after troopers caught him doing donuts in his Hellcat on a suspended license with his toddler in the backseat.
The incident occurred at about 6 p.m. on April 23 on State Road 56 in Pasco County, WFLA reported.
Florida Highway Patrol trooper spotted the 28-year-old Pringle doing donuts in the middle of the roadway in his orange 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat.
Troopers said Pringle had created a cloud of smoked that which “reduced the visibility to nearly zero” for drivers in the westbound lanes, WFLA reported.
Pringle was stopped by the highway patrol and asked for his license and other documents.
That was when troopers an adult male in the passenger seat and a small child in the back seat of the car, WFLA reported.
TMZ reported that Pringle was the father of the little boy in the backseat.
Troopers discovered that Pringle’s license was suspended and told the National Football League (NFL) player was under arrest.
The arrest report said that when troopers told Pringle that he was being arrested for reckless driving, he became “verbally confrontational” and ignored their commands, WFLA reported.
Pringle was arrested 15 minutes after the traffic stop and book into the Pasco County Jail.
The wide receiver has made $3.8 million during his five-year career in the NFL career.
He signed a one-year, $4.1 million contract with the Chicago Bears in 2022.
After he was on the winning Super Bowl team with the Chiefs in 2020, Pringle made a pitch to be a rep for the potato chip company with the same name, according to TMZ.
Pringle played college football at Kansas State in 2016 and 2017 and finished his college career with 69 receptions for 1,355 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He was not drafted but was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019.