Suns player suspended, clocked at 90 mph with toddler in car

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SCOTTSDALE -- A Phoenix Suns players is facing charges of reckless driving and endangerment after he was caught speeding with his toddler in the car.

3-year-old not buckled in
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According to Scottsdale police, an officer clocked Jason Richardson doing 67 mph in a 40-mph zone in the area of 65th Street and Camelback Road shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday.

Sgt. Mark Clark said the officer followed Richardson onto 64th Street, where Richardson's car hit speeds up to 90 mph. The speed limit there is 35 mph.

The officer pulled Richardson over. The 28-year-old Suns player stopped without incident, identified himeself as a Suns player and admitted to speeding, Clark said.

Richardson's 3-year-old son was in the back seat of the car. Police said the little boy was not in a child seat, which is required by Arizona law. Clark said Richardson told the officer he had taken his son to dinner and was on his way home.

While Richardson was clocked at more than 50 mph over the posted speed limit at one point, Clark said impairment was not suspected.

Richardson's wife met him and officers at the scene of the stop and took her little boy home.

The Suns player was arrested and booked into Scottsdale City Jail. He was released after a few hours.

Richardson is facing a variety of misdemeanor and traffic charges, including endangerment, two counts of excessive speed, reckless driving and failure to use a child seat.

The Phoenix Suns have suspended Richardson for one game without pay as a result of his arrest. The Suns announced he will sit out Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers for "conduct detrimental to the team."

Richardson is a shooting guard for the Suns. He was drafted fifth overall by the Golden State Warriors in 2001, and won back to back NBA Slam Dunk Contests in 2002 and 2003.