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, the former athletic director at UGA, entered a guilty plea on January 19 in his DUI case. Evans was not scheduled to enter a plea until this Monday, but opted to do so early.
The DUI arrest of former University of Georgia athletic director Damon Evans was one of Athens' top news stories of 2010. A recent article in the Athens Banner-Herald discusses the story's effect on the community of UGA and the greater Athens community as well as the aftermath of the incident for Evans and UGA's athletic program.
Former University of Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans' DUI case was scheduled to go before a judge this month, but it has been postponed until the first week of December. Judge Calvin S. Graves rescheduled the case for December 7 at 3 p.m.
As the summer winds to a close, UGA students are preparing to go back to school and they are reflecting on the summer's events. The student newspaper, redandblack.com, reflects on a community that is scrambling to find a new athletic director after the resignation of former director Damon Evans following a DUI arrest in Atlanta on June 30.
As reported in the previous post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained 500 pages of documents from the University of Georgia regarding former athletic director Damon Evans. The documents included e-mails that Evans received after being arrested for DUI a month ago in Atlanta. The AJC also obtained phone records for Evans a few days after the first batch of documents.
It has been a month now since former UGA athletic director Damon Evans was arrested in Atlanta and charged with DUI and soon after was forced to resign his position. Since then, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained records on Evans from the University of Georgia, including records of his employment at UGA and e-mails he received from colleagues and the public after his drunk driving arrest.
The Associated Press has reported that the first court appearance for Damon Evans has been postponed. Evans was scheduled to enter a plea on charges of drunk driving, illegal lane change, and failure to submit to an alcohol test on Monday. On the request of his defense attorney, the court appearance has been postponed until early October.
Damon Evans was five minutes away from beginning a new five-year contract worth $2.75 million as the Athletic Director of the University of Georgia when he was arrested on June 30 in Atlanta for drunk driving. A Georgia State Patrol officer pulled over Evans' BMW when he saw it cross the center line on Roswell Road.