|Lewis was arrested last August for resisting arrest and various other charges. (Getty Images)|
By Ryan Wilson
CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman wrote earlier this week about an NFL awash in money while many former players struggle to hold their lives together once their careers end. Here's the latest example: Jermaine Lewis, who played nine NFL seasons and returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the Ravens' 2001 Super Bowl win, was arrested Thursday for driving on a suspended license, the Baltimore Sun reports.
It's Lewis' second arrest since August, and the latest comes two months before a court date for his previous reckless driving charge.
Details via the Sun:
Police said Lewis … was seen driving a Dodge Charger with his 4-year-old son unrestrained in the front seat just before 10 a.m. near Hanover Pike and Mt. Gilead Road in Reisterstown.According to the police report, Lewis was asked why he was driving on a suspended license.
The officer conducted a traffic stop and saw that Lewis' license had been revoked, and placed him under arrest, police said. Lewis was issued citations for driving with a suspended license, driving with a revoked license and failure to secure a child by a safety belt. He was being held on $50,000 bond.
"He advised that he was driving because his wife was in jail and that he needed to get food for his son and something to heat his home," the report stated. "Defendant Lewis then pointed to a fire starter log in the front passenger seat of the vehicle."
In August, police had to use a stun gun to subdue Lewis, 37, before charging him with resisting arrest, driving on a revoked license, failing to control his speed to avoid a collision and failing to stop after an unattended property damage accident.
During his playing career, Lewis averaged 11.8 yards per punt return (six touchdowns) and 22.7 yards per kickoff return, including the Super Bowl XXXV touchdown return. In 2010, the Bears' Devin Hester broke Lewis' record for punt return average in a season. Hester returned 33 punts for 564 yards and three touchdowns, good for a 17.1 average. In 2000, Lewis set the mark of 16.1 yards per return (36 returns, 578 yards, two touchdowns).
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