Rm defensive end Ethan Westrooks had loaded, stolen gun, officers say
An NFL player was arrested by a Buttonwillow California Highway Patrol officer last week on weapons charges.
According the CHP, Ethan Westbrooks, a defensive lineman for the Los Angeles Rams, was taken into custody shortly after 11 p.m. Sept 22 when an officer discovered a stolen, loaded handgun in his car following a traffic stop on I-5 near Seventh Standard Road.
Westbrooks, 27, was pulled over after an officer saw him driving his Chevy sedan "at a high rate of speed."
During the course of the stop, the officer saw the gun inside Westbrooks' car.
The gun was loaded with 13 rounds of ammunition, the CHP said, and was reported stolen in 2009
Westbrooks was taken into custody and booked into Kern County jail in charges of receiving stolen property, carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a stolen, loaded firearm, grand theft of a firearm and possession of a high capacity magazine.
ESPN reported that Westbrooks posted bail and was at practice with the team on Monday.
The CHP said the arrest report will be forwarded to the Kern County District Attorney's Office, who will determine if charges will be filed.
Westbrooks, 27, was signed by the Rams in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of West Texas A&M.