Nationals Right Fielder Jayson Werth Charged With Reckless Driving in Va.

Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is facing a misdemeanor reckless driving charge in Northern Virginia after he was caught allegedly driving 50 miles over the speed limit on the Beltway earlier this summer.

Werth was pulled over for driving 105 mph in a 55-mph zone, Virginia State Police said.

A trooper paced a Porsche 911 that pulled onto northbound Interstate 495 at Georgetown Pike (Route 193) in Fairfax County about 8 a.m. July 6. The trooper stopped the car as it took the GW Parkway exit off the Beltway.

Werth was released on a summons. 

The 35-year-old had a court date scheduled Aug. 8, which was continued to Nov. 12. 

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

The charge was first reported by the The Nats Enquirer blog.

Werth signed a seven-year deal with the Nationals in 2010 worth $126 million.

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