After a relatively quiet start to the New Year, things have picked up in the last couple of days on the legal front.
According to FITSNews.com, South Carolina defensive tackle Byron Jerideau (not pictured) was arrested early Friday morning and hit with a charge of disorderly conduct. The Charleston Post & Courier subsequently reported that Jerideau is also facing an additional charge of traffic/pedestrian on a controlled access highway.
The incident that led to the arrest took place in the Five Points bar district in downtown Columbia. Here are some the details of the arrest, courtesy of WLTX-TV in Columbia:
An incident report says that an officer saw Jerideau and a group of people leave Grandma’s Bar in the 700 block of Harden Street in Columbia’s Five Points. The document goes on to say that Jerideau used profanity “in a loud manner” at oncoming traffic while attempting to cross midblock at Harden Street.
The report notes that crosswalks were available at nearby intersections, but they were not used. The officer reported that Jerideau used his hands instructing oncoming traffic to stop. When the officers approached Jerideau, the report states the player “in a loud boisterous manner” said “what, f—ing jaywalking?”
The officer said he smelled alcohol, and attempted to put Jerideau in custody. When he did, the report states Jerideau said “I’m not going to f—ing jail” in a “loud manner.” Jerideau was then arrested and taken to the Richland County Detention Center.
(Writer’s note: There but for the grace of God go I…)
Per school policy, the Post & Courier notes, Jerideau is automatically suspended by the team. The school is aware of the situation, and will likely handle any type of punishment internally.
In 2011, the redshirt junior played in all 13 games for the Gamecocks.