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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Revised: Evans Arrested on DUI Charges

University of Georgia athletics director Damon Evans was arrested on charges of driving under the influence late Wednesday night in Atlanta, according to Georgia State Police.

According to Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright, Evans, 40, was pulled at the intersection of Roswell Road and over by a Georgia state trooper just before midnight on Wednesday in a 2009 BMW after the officer viewed Evans driving erratically.

The officer said he smelled alcohol and administered a field sobriety test, after which Evans was taken into custody at the Atlanta city jail on charges of driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane.

“Once (the officer) got Evans stopped, during the course of that conversation the officer detected an odor of alcohol,” Wright said. “He administered a field sobriety test and determined that Evans was less safe to be operating a vehicle.”

Evans reportedly refused a breath test at the jail.

Another passenger was in Evans’ vehicle at the time of the arrest and, according to Wright, was also arrested. Further details were not yet available, Wright said. Because the arresting officer was part of a DUI task force that deals in a large volume of arrests, no police report was immediately available. Evans was released Thursday morning.

Evans became athletics director at Georgia in 2004 and recently signed a new five-year contract that went into effect this week, raising his salary by $110,000 to $550,000 annually.

Evans has commented several times about the numerous alcohol-related arrests that have plagued the Bulldogs’ football program during recent years. During home football games at Sanford Stadium, Evans appears in a public safety video warning fans not to drink and drive.

As of Thursday afternoon, neither the school nor Evans had commented on the arrest, but a statement by the university is expected shortly.


Ginny said...

I am shocked and ashamed.

Charles said...

Hale, get out of here already. We can't take much more of your curse

Kathleen said...

Completely embarrassing!

But stop worrying about it already and have fun with your family and friends and get hitched! We can get the coverage from the AJC until you are back!

When you think back on your wedding weekend, surely you don't want to think of Damon's DUI?

Anonymous said...

It happened on my street. I live on Chastain Drive off of Roswell Road. Very disappointed to hear about this!!

No One Knows You're a Dawg said...

And the Google ad showing up right now is for "Operation Zero Tolerance-Don't Drink and Drive this 4th of July Weekend!"

Google is magic.



Anonymous said...

I wonder who the passenger was and what they did. Would really hate for it to be a hooker...

Anonymous said...

They need to replace the "don't drink and drive" public service announcement at Sanford Stadium with Evans' mugshot (if you haven't seen it, it's worth a look); no words would be needed.

Anonymous said...

Damon, why Oh why were you in that area of Atlanta drinking? That area is full of Tech fans. You probably got pulled over by one. Next time booze it up in Dawgtown and let the UGA Police drive you home.

Andy said...

I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure if this happened to a student the school alcohol policy would require the police to report the arrest to them, and the school would call the student's parents. The student's age doesn't matter.

So I have one question? Has Mike Adams called Damon Evans' mama? Seems fair.

(I can't pass up an opportunity to slam the UGA alcohol policy.)

Anonymous said...

Damon with a married woman after midnight....this will get ugly. Prepare for his dismissal or resignation.

rhett said...

28 Year old woman that wasn't his wife in the car with him. Arrested for disorderly conduct. Hmmm not good