ATHENS - Georgia football player Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint was clocked at 90 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone when he was pulled over by an Athens-Clarke County officer on patrol Tuesday afternoon, according to an arrest report released to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. It is the latest in a series of excessive speeding arrests involving Bulldogs players since a tragic accident in January.
Rosemy-Jacksaint was traveling east, toward the city of Athens, in the 2600 block of Atlanta Highway when an officer noticed him traveling at “a high rate of speed” and “weaving through traffic” in a black 2020 Dodge Charger. Using a Dragoneye Speed Lidar detection device, the officer determined Rosemy-Jacksaint’s speed to be 90 miles per hour, according to the report. A traffic stop was initiated “once I was able to catch up to the vehicle,” the officer wrote. At 3:18 p.m., Rosemy-Jacksaint presented a valid license and was advised that he was being taken to jail for speeding and reckless driving. The car was released to Rosemy-Jacksaint’s passenger.
The charges are misdemeanors. Rosemy-Jacksaint was released 55 minutes after he was booked into jail on $2,000 bond.
The speed limit is 45 mph at the 2600 block of Atlanta Highway. It decreases to 40 mph when it crosses the Oconee River on the way to downtown Athens. Rosemy-Jacksaint’s speed was detected at 2636 Atlanta Highway. The location of the stop was 2033 W. Broad Street, 1.8 miles away.
The AJC learned Tuesday that the speeding citation was Rosemy-Jacksaint’s second in eight days. He also received a ticket from Coral Springs Police for driving 60 miles per hour in a 40-mph zone in the same vehicle at 12:34 a.m. on May 15 in Broward County, Fla. Rosemy-Jacksaint, 21, is listed on the Georgia roster as being from Pompano Beach, Fla., though the ticket listed his residence as Coral Springs.
The Charger Rosemy-Jacksaint was driving, according to the citations, is registered to James Melvin Lawrence, a sports agent associated with PSA. Rosemy-Jacksaint signed a Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) deal with Acres Down South, an clothing store, three weeks ago according to a social media post. The car was registered on May 3, according to national title inventory records, 12 days before the speeding ticket in Florida.
Tuesday’s incarceration represented the fourth known speeding-related arrest of a Georgia football player this year. That does not include the alcohol-involved, double-fatality crash that took the lives of recruiting staffer Chandler LeCroy and offensive lineman Devin Willock on Jan. 15, the day after Georgia celebrated its second straight national championship.
Police determined that LeCroy was driving a UGA-rented vehicle at more than 100 mph when she lost control and left the roadway. Later, it was revealed that star defensive lineman Jalen Carter was racing LeCroy side-by-side when the crash occurred at 2:45 a.m. The Philadelphia Eagles’ first-round draft pick, Carter later was charged with street racing and reckless driving. He resolved the case in a negotiated settlement with prosecutors that resulted in fines, probation and community service. Carter was also cited for going 90 mph in the 45 mph zone of Atlanta Highway in an earlier incident, the same area where Rosemy-Jacksaint was arrested.
Linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson was arrested for speeding and reckless driving from another incident that took place six days before the fatal crash. Earlier this month, De’Nylon Morrissette, a sophomore receiver from Stone Mountain, was charged with DUI (drugs), driving too fast for conditions, following too closely and Class D license restriction, which forbids driving between midnight and 5 a.m. Morrissette, 19, was arrested at 3:30 a.m.
Three of the four recent arrests for excessive speeding have come from players driving Dodge Chargers, which have 300-700 horsepower engines. Dumas-Johnson, Morrissette and Rosemy-Jacksaint were all driving Chargers.
Georgia officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the latest incident.
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