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Pittsburgh Steelers player arrested on gun, traffic charges in Lake County

Justin Layne
Justin Layne(Source: Willoughby Hills police)
Updated: Apr. 23, 2021 at 10:40 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A Pittsburgh Steelers player was arrested overnight in Lake County on gun and traffic violations.

The Willoughby Hills police chief confirmed that the man arrested at approximately 1:20 a.m. on Friday along I-90 east was Justin Layne, a cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Layne was driving his Dodge Charge at 89 miles per hour when he was detected by a Willoughby Hills officer, according to the police report, in a 60 mile per hour zone.

During the traffic stop, police discovered that Layne was driving with a suspended license. He was taken into custody after it was also discovered that he had an outstanding arrest warrant out of another jurisdiction for failing to appear in court.

A loaded Glock 9mm pistol was found by officers in the car’s center console, according to Willoughby Hills police. Layne is not a licensed concealed carry permit holder in Ohio.

Additionally, loose pieces of marijuana were also found in Layne’s car, but he was not charged with any drug violations.

The 23-year-old native of the Cleveland area who attended Benedictine High School was booked at the Lake County Jail around 3 a.m. on charges that include transporting a firearm in a vehicle, driving under suspension, and speeding.

Justin Layne
Justin Layne(Source: Lake County Jails)

The Pittsburgh Steelers have not commented publicly on Layne’s arrest. He was scheduled to be arraigned on Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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