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Steelers CB Justin Layne Arrested With Firearm While Driving On Suspended License

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Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Justin Layne is in trouble it seems. According to Melinda Roeder of KDKA, Layne was arrested Thursday night in Lack County, Ohio and charged with speeding, driving on a suspended license. There was also a firearm violation charge as well, a fourth-degree felony for improper handling of it.

Layne was booked into the Lake County Jail around 3 a.m. Willoughby Hills Police Chief Matthew Naegele reportedly has confirmed that Layne also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on a traffic violation. Marijuana was reportedly found in the car, along with a loaded 9mm Glock. The two other men who were in the car with Layne were not charged.

Layne was originally drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Michigan State. Layne, a Cleveland, OH native, has registered 25 total tackles in his first two seasons in the NFL.

Naegele said his officers arrested Layne following the 1:20 a.m. traffic stop Friday. Layne is due in Willoughby Hills Municipal Court Friday morning to face the charges.

This is obviously not great news for Layne or the Steelers, who are down two cornerbacks this offseason after losing Mike Hilton in free agency and cutting Steven Nelson. The team is expected to address the cornerback position at some point during the 2021 NFL Draft a week from now.

Layne could possibly be subject to possible discipline from the league under the Personal Conduct Policy as a result of the arrest.

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