LAURENS, S.C. — A South Carolina speeding ticket against Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Sam Montgomery has been thrown out after the trooper who wrote the ticket didn't show up in court.
Defense attorney Jim Todd said he entered a not guilty plea on Montgomery's behalf Wednesday in traffic court in Laurens. The judge accepted the plea and dismissed the ticket.
Montgomery was arrested and spent a night in jail after Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. R.S. Salter clocked him going 89 mph in a 55 mph zone. But the trooper's dashboard camera also captured the officer threatening to use a Taser because the 6-foot-3, 262-pound lineman was struggling to understand his commands.
"The next thing you're going to get is the Taser," Salter said on the tape.
"Whoa," Montgomery responded, "I'm not trying to cause problems."
Salter was suspended by the state Department of Public Safety and his conduct is being investigated.
The Index-Journal of Greenwood (http://bit.ly/WifBxF) first reported the ticket dismissal and also reported Salter wasn't allowed to testify in court because he is suspended.
Montgomery was not in court Wednesday. Todd referred all other questions to Montgomery's management agency, ProSource Sports Management.
"Sam is just glad he can put all this behind him," ProSource spokesman Rick Roberts said.
On the dashboard camera, Montgomery said he was returning home to Greenwood when pulled over. He played football for Greenwood High, then spent three seasons at LSU, where he had 19 career sacks and helped the Tigers to the 2011 national championship game, where they lost to Alabama.
Montgomery was selected by Houston in the third round of the 2013 draft and signed with Cincinnati as a free agent in April.