Los Angeles Rams running back Trence “Tre” Mason was arrested over the weekend in Hollywood after police say they had to use a Taser twice to subdue him.
Police say Mason, 22, was driving his Porsche recklessly through the beach in Hollywood Saturday afternoon and refused to follow orders — including giving his name and exiting the car. After he was arrested, police found marijuana in his center console, according to an arrest report.
A statement from the Rams posted on NFL.com addresses Mason’s arrest: “We are very disappointed to learn of an incident involving Tre Mason in the Miami, Fla. area Saturday afternoon. We are in the process of obtaining more information about the facts surrounding this incident and will have no further comment at this time.”
A 2011 Porsche was spotted heading north on Ocean Drive “at a rate of speed that I estimated to be in excess of 75 mph in a 35 mph zone,” an officer wrote in Mason’s police report.
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Police tried to pull over the Porsche, but Mason continued to drive. The officer said a stopped SUV finally forced the Porsche to halt at 4001 S. Ocean Dr., not far from the Diplomat Resort & Spa.
“The defendant did not initially roll down the window for approximately five seconds even after I knocked,” the officer wrote.
Instead of giving the officer his name, Mason held up a phone to record the incident, according to the report. Mason, who has a home in Delray Beach, continued to refuse to give his name and date of birth. The police report also indicated that there was an odor of marijuana and cigar smoke in the car.
The defendant immediately tensed his arms and straightened his body and used the floor, steering wheel and seat to brace himself in the vehicle.
After calling for backup, the officer told Mason he was under arrest but Mason would not get out the car, according to the report.
“The defendant immediately tensed his arms and straightened his body and used the floor, steering wheel and seat to brace himself in the vehicle,” an officer wrote.
After continuing to refuse — and after being warned that a stun gun would be used — the officer used a Taser in the abdominal area and was able to get him out of the car. He continued to refuse arrest, and a Taser was used a second time.
Mason was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood for medical clearance. A search of the car revealed 12 grams of marijuana, according to the report. The car was also not properly registered with the state, police said.
Mason faces charges of resisting an officer/obstruction without violence, reckless driving, failure to register a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana in an amount less than 20 grams.
Mason, who is from Amityville, N.Y., graduated from Park Vista Community High School in Palm Beach County and went on to a successful football career at Auburn. He was drafted by the then-St. Louis Rams in 2014. His father is Vincent Mason, better known as Maseo of the 90s hip-hop group De La Soul.
Miami Herald online producer Adrian Ruhi contributed to this report.