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Several alcohol-related arrests in Athens in July

There have been a number of arrests in the University of Georgia community in the month of July for underage possession of alcohol and DUI.

According to The Red and the Black, a 22-year-old woman was arrested for DUI after an officer found her driving the wrong way down a one-way street in Athens. The woman at first told the officer that she had not had anything to drink, but told him she had had one drink after he asked her a second time. He had her perform field sobriety tests and when he determined she had not passed the tests, he arrested her for DUI. He also tested her blood-alcohol level on a portable breath test and it registered at 0.125 percent, which is over the 0.08 legal limit.

A 19-year-old student at UGA was arrested for underage possession of alcohol after being pulled over by a police officer. She told the officer that she had one alcoholic drink. She performed field sobriety tests and took breath tests. She registered a 0.000 blood-alcohol level. She would not be charged with underage DUI since she did not register any blood-alcohol level, but was under the legal drinking age and so would be charged with underage possession of alcohol. While the young woman was performing field sobriety tests with the officer, a passenger in her car vomited in the back seat. The police officer checked the driver's licenses of the passengers and found they were 21 so they were not charged with underage possession of alcohol.

Source: redandblack.com, "Crime Notebook, July 13 (w/documents)," Yetunde Ogunsakin, 12 July 2011