Chargers Ellison arrested after painkiller pills are found in car

San Diego Chargers strong safety Kevin Ellison was free on bail Tuesday after being arrested during a traffic stop in his hometown of Redondo Beach, where an officer allegedly found 100 Vicodin tablets in his car.

Ellison, 23, was pulled over for speeding in a school zone near Redondo Union High School shortly after 2 p.m. Monday, and he allegedly consented to a search of his car.

Redondo police Sgt. Peter Grimm said an officer found about 100 Vicodin.

“No doctor would give you a prescription for 100 of these things. It’s a controlled substance” he told the Daily Breeze newspaper. “It’s a powerful pain killer.”

Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith called Ellison’s arrest “disappointing.”

“We’ll continue to monitor the situation and let the legal process run its course,” Smith said.

Ellison was booked on one count of possession of a controlled substance and released on $10,000 bail. He is due in Torrance Superior Court on July 7 for arraignment.

Ellison started nine games as a rookie for the Chargers during the 2009 season, making 52 tackles.

Ellison played four seasons for USC and starred at Redondo Union High School, including being named as the South Bay player of the year in 2004 by the Daily Breeze.