Bengals' Mark Walton tased by police, arrested for third time this year

Bengals' Mark Walton tased by police, arrested for third time this year

Mark Walton has been arrested for the third time this year after he surrendered to police Thursday.

The Bengals running back, 21, is facing felony charges of carrying a concealed weapon, marijuana possession and reckless driving, according to the Miami Herald.

The reckless-driving charge stems from police trying to pull over Walton after, they allege, they noted him weaving in and out of traffic. Walton came to a quick stop, then jumped out of the car and tried to flee the police on foot.

According the Miami-Dade County police report cited by the Herald, Walton got out of the car and when police told him to get on the ground, he took off running. An officer shot Walton in the back with a Taser stun gun during the chase, but Walton plucked the prongs out of him and kept running, disappearing from police.

Officers went back to his car to search it and discovered 14 grams of marijuana, a 9 mm carbine rifle and several fully loaded clips, according to the police report. A background search of the rifle showed it was legally purchased.

Police were able to identify Walton through the car, which was a BMW rented in his name. When putting a face to the name, the officer who shot the stun gun identified Walton as the man he chased.

Aside from the March 12 charges, Walton is facing a misdemeanor battery charge after he allegedly got into a fight with his neighbor Feb. 16. According to those records, Walton took a phone from a neighbor after the two got into a spat in a residential parking garage, which triggered a physical altercation.

He’s also facing a misdemeanor marijuana-possession charge from a January arrest.

After an explosive college career at Miami (Fla.), Walton was drafted by the Bengals in the fourth round of last year’s NFL Draft. He saw limited action in 2018, rushing for just 34 yards on 14 attempts.