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July 10, 2010Less than a week since Damon Evans resigned his position as Georgia's athletic director as a result of his DUI arrest in Atlanta, Bulldogs Dontavius Jackson and Tavarres King find themselves in trouble for similar offenses.
Jackson, 20, was arrested by UGA police and charged with six misdemeanors including DUI, underage possession, violation of the move-over law, leaving the scene of an accident, violation of a learner's permit and following too close.
King, 19, who police say was a passenger in the car with Jackson, was arrested for underage possession of alcohol. Both players have been released on bond.
Sunday, head coach Mark Richt announced that Jackson would be suspended a minimum of six games, while King will be suspended for the season-opener against Louisiana-Lafayette. Information is stillbeing gathered which could lead to additional penalties according to Richt.
"I'm disappointed in their decision-making and lack of judgment andthey will both pay a stiff price," said Richt in a statement. "All our players need tounderstand that it?s a privilege to be a Bulldog and their conduct needs toreflect the standards we expect."
King was booked in the Clarke County jail at 5:55 a.m. Saturday and Jackson 6:25 a.m.
Both incidents occurred off East Campus Road.
According to reports, UGA police were making a stop when Jackson's car allegedly failed to move over. A second patrol car then began pursing Jackson's car, which earlier had allegedly left the scene after allegedly rear-ending another vehicle.
Damage was considered minor.
No injuries were reported.
Stay tuned for further developments.
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