Jayson Werth charged with reckless driving in Fairfax County

Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth was pulled over in early July and charged with reckless driving for going 105 mph in a 55-mph zone, according to a case file on the Fairfax County General District Court Web site.

Werth was charged with a misdemeanor for the incident, which occurred July 6, according to the file. Werth originally had a hearing scheduled for Aug. 8, but the case has been continued until Nov. 12.

“The Washington Nationals have been in communication with right fielder Jayson Werth regarding this situation for multiple weeks,” a Nationals spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement. “Jayson is cooperating with the authorities. As it is an ongoing legal matter, the team has no further comment.”

Werth was not immediately available for comment. The defense attorney listed in the court file, Rodney Leffler, did not immediately return a phone message.

Werth, 35, is batting with .279/.370/.430 with 12 home runs and 63 RBI in the fourth season of a seven-year, $126 million contract. Werth has recently been dealing with shoulder inflammation and was out of the Nationals’ lineup Tuesday night to receive further tests.

The charge was first reported by fan blog NatsEnquirer.com.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.
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