Byron Pringle
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Byron Pringle of the Chicago Bears was arrested over the weekend in Florida after Highway Patrol busted him burning rubber donuts on a public road in Pasco County without a registered license. The 28-year-old NFL vet from Kansas State was pulled over by state troopers while in his Orange 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat sometime around 6 pm on Saturday.

According to TMZ, Pringle was seen by a FHP officer doing donuts while in the driver’s seat creating a cloud of smoke that “reduced the visibility to nearly zero". Officers also noticed him in the company of two adult male passengers in the front seat and a young boy in the back seat. The child was reported to be Pringle’s son. Arrest documents said officers first noticed the smoke along the road which brought them to investigate and they spotted the player's sportscar.

State Troopers said they did a check on Pringle’s license however the report came back stating his license was suspended. He then reportedly started behaving in a confrontational manner and ignored the officers’ verbal commands, CBS Sports reported. The player was finally taken into police custody and brought to the county jail where he was subsequently arrested.

He is currently facing charges of reckless driving and driving on a suspended license. His Hellcat was towed and taken into a local impound yard. A Hellcat apparently clocks over 700HP and can reach top speeds of about 200MPH fetching a price tag of more than $65,000.

The Chicago Bear wide receiver was undrafted out of Kansas State prior to his sign-up with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a free agent at the time prior to winning a Super Bowl LIV in the 2019 season. Pringle has caught 67 passes for 898 yards and a total of 7 touchdowns in his 4-year career with the NFL. His one-year contract is said to be worth $6 million which he recently just signed with the Bears last month. He spent his first three NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs boasting of a career year in 2021 where he recorded 42 catches for 568 yards.

Byron Pringle
Byron Pringle #13 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates scoring a touchdown with teammate Patrick Mahomes #15 in the second quarter of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images

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