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Former UGA athletic director tells of the costs of his DUI arrest

How can a DUI arrest in Georgia affect you for the rest of your life? The former athletic director for the University of Georgia provided a personal answer to this question during a recent public discussion about careers in sports at the Morehouse College of Sports Conference. He explained that his DUI arrest not only resulted in legal trouble, but it also caused him to lose his job at UGA and it nearly destroyed his family.

Damon Evans explained during a discussion panel at the conference last week that prior to his DUI arrest he thought that he was going to have a long and successful career at UGA. But on June 30, 2010, Atlanta police charged the director with drunk driving and his career ended.

Evans did serve 40 hours of community service and 12 months of probation as part of his sentence after he pleaded guilty to DUI. However, he said last week at the conference that the aftermath of everything else resulting from his mistake was the "most difficult thing" he has ever experienced.

The former athletic director explained that although his family helped him by remaining supportive as he faced the legal and professional consequences of a DUI charge in Georgia and as an employee of UGA, his family also suffered as a result of his mistake. Fortunately, he also claims that since his arrest he has learned not to take his family for granted and has rebuilt his relationship with his wife and kids. Evans also said that he hopes that others will make better decisions after learning how his DUI arrest affected his personal and professional life.

After losing his job, the former UGA athletic director accepted a position in Boston as the vice president of a data-storage company. He explained that he does think about the great job he lost at UGA, but he has also learned that he must be able to move forward and accept the consequences of his mistake. "Sometimes, through the storms, you come out on the other end ... a better person," he said.

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Damon Evans opens up during visit to ATL," Tim Tucker, April 13, 2012