Fox 5 in Atlanta reports Thursday that University of Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans was arrested for DUI late Wednesday night.
A Georgia State Patrol trooper pulled Evan’s 2009 BMW over in Atlanta around 11:55 p.m. After failing a field sobriety test, Evans, and a passenger who was riding in the vehicle, were taken to jail.
While at the Atlanta Pre-trial Detention Center Evans then refused a breathalyzer test.
The ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION reports the Georgia State Patrol has since released a statement on the matter.
Gordy Wright, Georgia state patrol spokesman:
“The trooper made the traffic stop after observing the manner he was driving. He got him stopped, detected an odor of alcohol, administered field sobriety tests and determined he was less safe to be driving.”
Evans was officially arrested on charges of DUI and failure to maintain his lane.
The Georgia AD has since been released from jail.
UGA spokesman Tom Jackson: “We’re aware of the report, and I expect we’ll issue a statement later today.”
WSB-TV reports, “Evans will meet with senior staff and head coaches later Thursday.”
No specific word yet on why the passenger in the vehicle was also arrested. Could indicate there’s more to the story.
Also interesting to note that the media didn’t get wind of the arrest until after Evans had been released from custody.
Ironically, Evans has previously appeared in a public service announcement video for DUI prevention played throughout Sanford Stadium at Univ. of Georgia football home games:
Evans: “Don’t drink and drive and don’t let your friends drink and drive because if you drink and drive you lose. Go Dogs!“