• Ravens cut player arrested for DWI, speeding in Charlotte

    By: Alexa Ashwell


    CHARLOTTE - A defensive-back for the Baltimore Ravens was arrested on driving while impaired charges in Charlotte Saturday, according to investigators with the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

    Victor Hampton, 22, is facing DWI, speeding, reckless driving and open container charges.

    Channel 9 was first to report the arrest Sunday.

    Investigators said a trooper clocked a convertible Camaro traveling 100 mph in a 55 mph zone on Interstate 77 north near Westinghouse Boulevard at approximately 12:26 a.m. The trooper stopped the Camaro about two miles down the interstate, near Arrowood Road.

    Hampton was identified as the driver of the Camaro. Investigators said the trooper conducted a DWI investigation and determined Hampton’s blood-alcohol level was 0.10. The legal limit in the state of North Carolina is 0.08. Hampton was arrested and booked into the Mecklenburg County jail where he later posted bond.

    Investigators said two other men, identified as Maurice Thomas and Jamel Cadet, were passengers in Hampton’s vehicle and attempted to hide their weapons under the front passenger seat before the trooper approached them. Investigators said the weapons were confiscated and Thomas and Cadet were cited with carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a weapon after consuming alcohol and open container charges.

    Hampton is listed as a cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens. The former University of South Carolina Gamecock signed with the NFL team in January 2015.  He has yet to play a game for the Ravens. 

    Channel 9 reached out to the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens for comment.

    The Ravens emailed the following Sunday night: "We are just learning of the situation and attempting to find out more."

    Ravens spokesman Chad Steele said the team waived Hampton on Monday.

    Hampton has been dismissed from teams throughout his career as a football player before, including getting kicked off the South Carolina football team for breaking unspecified team rules. Hampton was later reinstated.

    Hampton attended two high schools in Charlotte, including Butler High School during his freshman year and Independence High School during his junior year, before moving to South Carolina. 

    ESPN reports said he was arrested for underage drinking in Feb. 2010 and was arrested in April 2014 following an alleged dispute with his sister.

    The investigation is ongoing.

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