TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped resisting arrest and perjury charges against Florida State cornerback and return specialist Greg Reid.
State Attorney Willie Meggs said he decided not to pursue the case because Tallahassee police didn't really need information Reid had been accused of falsifying when they arrested him at 2:30 a.m. Monday.
"Our position is that he should never have been arrested," said Tim Jansen, Reid's lawyer. "He's not happy that he went through this. He still believes he did nothing wrong."
Reid, 21, had been charged with lying to protect a friend from his hometown of Valdosta. Police stopped Rontel Frazier while he was driving Reid's motor scooter because it didn't have a license plate.
Frazier also didn't have a driver's license, and he escaped from the officers before they could identify him. Officers later contacted Reid and he met them at the scene.
"While it was clear that several acquaintances of Reid had access to his scooter, Reid was less than forthcoming as to who was operating his scooter that night," Meggs said. "In other words, he didn't want to dime out his friend."
Citizens aren't required to answer police questions, but if they do so they "must provide truthful and complete answers," Meggs said. He said Reid's responses fell short of that requirement, so police had probable cause to arrest him.
Any information Reid could have provided at that point, though, would have been superfluous, Meggs acknowledged.
"The truth of the matter is the officers had basically figured out who it was," he said.
Meggs said that since the driver had been identified and was being sought "the state is electing not to pursue these charges."
Jansen said he next will try to get the arrest expunged from Reid's record although the damage to his reputation may already be done.
He said the thought that Reid did something wrong can't be erased from some people's minds.