NFL receiver Byron Pringle, native of Tampa, arrested in Pasco

Bears catcher and former Robinson High student Byron Pringle was arrested Saturday at Wesley Chapel and faces misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and driving with a suspended license, according to Pasco County court records.

Pringle, 28, appeared to have done a donut on a road in a 2016 Dodge Challenger with a child and an adult passenger in the car, the Chicago Grandstand reported, citing a Florida Highway Patrol report. An officer arrested Pringle. A check of Pringle’s license revealed that it was suspended in February for “financial responsibility”, the report said.

Hillsborough County court records show that in February Pringle failed to pay a citation for running a red light in Tampa two months earlier.

Pringle then ignored an officer’s order to leave the car and “became verbally aggressive,” according to the report.

Byron Pringle, on the ground, tackled the Bucs’ Jaydon Mickens during a punt return at Super Bowl 55 in Tampa. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2021) ]

Pringle signed with the Bears last month after spending four seasons with the Chiefs, where he won one Super Bowl and appeared in another, the loss to the Bucs at Raymond James Stadium.

A Bears spokesperson told the Grandstand the team was aware of the arrest but did not comment further.

In 46 career games, Pringle caught 67 passes for 898 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s also a valuable special teams contributor with 37 kickoff returns for 986 yards and one other score.

Pringle had problems off the field at Robinson. He was arrested in August 2019 and faced seven felony charges in an alleged spree that included charges of car burglary, armed robbery and firing a BB gun at pedestrians. Pringle admitted to shooting a BB gun and was sentenced to four years probation.

Contact Matt Baker at [email protected]. Follow @MBakerTBTimes.

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