Early Sunday morning Georgia linebacker Cornelius Washington was arrested near Commerce, Georgia. Originally stopped for speeding officers realized he was impaired and following a field sobriety test he was arrested for driving under the influence.
Georgia coach Mark Richt said Sunday that Washington will sit out the Bulldogs' upcoming games against Tennessee and Vanderbilt following the arrest.
"He knows he let the team down, let his coaches down, let his family down, the Bulldog nation in general. He understands that there's going to be a price to be paid. He's going to take his punishment like a man and come back and finish strong for us. That's kind of his state of mind right now." said Mark Richt, quoted on a Bulldog website.
A spokesman for Jackson County, Georgia
said Washington, 22, released on a $3,500 property bond following his booking for misdemeanor DUI and speeding (92 in a 55-mph zone on U.S. 441).
Washington's 2009 Dodge Journey was stopped by Commerce police at US 441 and State Street. The officers administered an Alco-Sensor® test to Washington and a female passenger, who was asleep in the passenger seat. Washington admitted to the officer he had consumed "a couple of shots several hours prior."
Washington registered a 0.12 on the test and failed a field sobriety test, according to the report. The female passenger blew a 0.176 and was booked for underage possession of alcohol.
A junior from Hephzibah, Ga., Washington had his best game as a Bulldog with two sacks in Georgia's 24-10 win over Mississippi State on Saturday. Washington leads the team in sacks and hurries. Washington's pass rushing ability will be missed in the Tennessee game. The Vols rank second in the SEC and 11th in the nation in passing offense, with 336.5 yards per game.