About three weeks before Junior Galette was released by the Saints on Friday, the embattled pass-rusher was busted for allegedly driving with an expired license and no brake tag on his car.
A Causeway Police Department officer pulled over Galette’s green Mercedes-Benz at 2:49 p.m. July 7 at the corner of Jefferson Highway and Central Avenue, near Elmwood and in the vicinity of the Huey P. Long Bridge, according to records.
A division of the Causeway Police patrols the Huey P. Long Bridge.
The officer cited Galette, 27, for not having a brake tag, operating a vehicle with a suspended license and having an expired driver’s license, a copy of the ticket showed.
District Attorney Paul Connick’s office charged Galette with the violations in a bill of information dated July 15. He is scheduled to be arraigned on those charges Aug. 10 at 1st Jefferson Parish Court in Metairie.
Galette led the Saints over the past two seasons with 22 quarterback sacks. However, the Saints cut him from the team after a turbulent few months.
Police arrested Galette at his Kenner home in January on an accusation of domestic violence. Prosecutors did not pursue criminal charges in the case, but a civil lawsuit in the matter is pending against Galette.
Earlier this summer, a video surfaced that purportedly showed Galette hitting a woman with a belt during a 2013 beach brawl in Miami. Galette was supposed to meet with NFL officials at the end of June, and he is waiting to learn whether he will be suspended for any amount of time during the upcoming season.
Galette, who spent five seasons with the Saints, was informed of his release Friday.
Prior to his release, Galette had caused some issues in the Saints’ locker room. He made a comment during the 2014 season that the Saints’ defensive players were better than their predecessors, some of whom had helped New Orleans win the Super Bowl on Feb. 7, 2010. Those remarks were perceived to be disrespectful, and they upset his teammates, coaches and former players.
He also was reported to have gotten involved in a fight with former Saints defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick, and he upset the team with his frequent and sometimes controversial postings on social media.
Galette’s release did not become official until Monday, when he passed a physical. There had been some doubt about his ability to pass the physical because he suffered a torn pectoral muscle during the offseason.
Galette as of Wednesday was a free agent, available to sign with any team that wants his services. His Aug. 10 arraignment date could be problematic, however, given that the NFL’s preseason training camps will be in full swing at that time.
A hearing also is scheduled for that day in the unresolved lawsuit against Galette in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna.
Advocate Saints writer Nick Underhill contributed to this report.