Sunday, Dec 23 2012 05:35 PM

Porter arrested on felony check-writing charge


Former NFL star Joey Porter was arrested Friday night in Bakersfield on a felony warrant out of Clark County, Nev., for writing a check with non-sufficient funds.

Lt. Scott Tunnicliffe of the Bakersfield Police Department said Porter, who retired from pro football after last season, was pulled over on a traffic stop at 9:46 p.m. Friday at the corner of Etchert and Calloway in west Bakersfield.

The Kern County Sheriff's website showed that Porter was still in custody as of Sunday night. A message left by The Californian with the Clark County Sheriff's department Sunday was not returned.

Porter, 35, was a star at Foothill High who played college ball at Colorado State before his 13-year NFL career as a linebacker.

A third-round draft pick of the Steelers in 1999, Porter played his first eight seasons in Pittsburgh, winning a Super Bowl championship in the 2005 season. He later played three seasons with the Miami Dolphins and two with the Arizona Cardinals.

A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Porter had nine or more sacks in six seasons.

Porter's arrest was first reported by KGET Channel 17 news on Saturday.

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