The turbulent year of Wests Tigers playmaker Josh Reynolds has taken another dramatic turn after he failed a roadside drugs test on Monday morning.
Reynolds was driving home after arriving at Bankstown airport with his NRL team following Sunday’s loss to Gold Coast, when he was pulled over in Sydney’s south.
He was then issued with an infringement notice for driving with an expired licence, before undertaking a random drug test.
The former NSW State of Origin five-eighth was then taken to Sutherland Police Station for another test, which the Tigers claim came back negative.
The second test has been sent for further examination, which could take months, while no charge has been laid.
“Just after 1.30am today, officers from Sutherland Shire Police Command stopped a Mercedes on President Ave in Caringbah,” NSW police said.
“The driver, who is a 31-year-old man, and holder of an expired licence was issued an infringement notice for driving with an expired licence.
“He also underwent a random roadside drug test and was taken to Sutherland police station for the purpose of a secondary oral fluid test.
“The sample has been sent for further testing.”
Reynolds took to social media on Monday evening to explain the matter, accepting fault for the expired licence.
“I arrived back from QLD with the team via plane late last night,” he wrote.
“I was driving home to get some food and was pulled up with an expired drivers licence, which I was unaware of and an oversight by me.
“The officer conducted alcohol and drug testing. The alcohol test was negative.
“The roadside drug test was a false positive. I went to the police station and undertook the further sample for the higher level testing, which proved negative.
“I am told false positives on roadside tests are not uncommon.
“I was then released without charge.”
The Tigers immediately informed NRL officials of the matter on Monday before releasing a statement.
“Josh underwent roadside alcohol and drug testing, and was taken to Sutherland Police Station for a higher-level test as per normal protocols,” the club said.
“This test returned a negative result and Josh was subsequently released without charge.”
The drama continues a turbulent year for Reynolds, who had domestic assault charges against him dropped by NSW Police in February.
The charges came after he was embroiled in an ugly scandal involving allegations he was conned by his ex-partner, who faked three pregnancies.
The former NSW State of Origin representative has also struggled to crack the Tigers’ first-grade squad since the league’s resumption two weeks ago.