NY Giants rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta apologized Tuesday for his actions and decision-making in last week’s traffic incident.
Art Stapleton, Staff Writer, @art_stapleton
New York Giants rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta had all charges stemming from an October arrest in Weehawken dropped Tuesday, sources said.
Lauletta, the Giants’ backup quarterback, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a disorderly persons offense and two traffic tickets in order to have his charges dismissed, including a charge of eluding police, sources at the Hudson County Superior Court confirmed.
One of the conditions of the dismissal is that Lauletta avoid getting into trouble and having any new charges filed against him for 12 months, a source at the court confirmed.
On Oct. 30, Lauletta, 23, was arrested in Weehawken while driving to practice, almost hitting a police officer with his car while trying to get away, police said. Lauletta was charged with reckless driving, disregarding an officer’s directions, improper turn in a marked traffic lane and failure to remain in a marked lane.
He was also charged with multiple disorderly persons offenses, including eluding police, obstructing administration of law and resisting arrest.
In a locker-room interview the week after his arrest, Lauletta became emotional as he apologized to police, his Giants teammates, his fans and family.
The day of his arrest, Lauletta was seen driving his 2017 Jaguar erratically in heavy traffic near the Pleasant Avenue entrance to Route 495. Despite a police officer telling him to stay in his lane, Lauletta made an illegal turn toward the tunnel and almost hit the officer. When another officer finally stopped Lauletta, he refused to provide his license and registration or to exit his car, according to police.
Lauletta later explained that he was in a rush to get to practice in East Rutherford, and that the arrest could have likely been avoided had he left earlier.
Lauletta made his Giants’ regular-season debut on Dec. 9 against the Washington Redskins. His first possession ended with an interception.