UGA linebacker Cornelius Washington was arrested last Sunday morning in Commerce and charged with driving under the influence. Washington was pulled over by law enforcement about 20 miles from Athens at about 2 a.m. early Sunday. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, law enforcement pulled him over after he was clocked driving 92 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone.
According to the AJC, the 22-year-old Washington will be suspended from the University of Georgia football team for two games, which is UGA policy regarding DUI arrests. It is unfortunate for the team because he is a key player who just played one of his all-time best games in the team’s win against Mississippi State. Washington is the first player on the UGA football team to be arrested for DUI this year.
When Washington was pulled over, he had three passengers in his car. Of the passengers, one was a 20-year-old woman. She was also arrested by police and charged with underage consumption of alcohol. Washington admitted to officers that he had had alcohol to drink, but said that multiple hours had passed between when he last had a drink and when he was driving.
He failed, however, to pass the field sobriety tests administered thereafter by the police. Police also administered an alcohol sensor test and the UGA junior’s blood alcohol concentration was measured at 0.12. In Georgia, the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration while driving is 0.08. He was booked into jail in Jackson County and later released after posting bond of $3,500.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Georgia OLB Cornelius Washington suspended after DUI arrest,” Chip Towers, Oct. 2, 2011