Georgia OLB Cornelius Washington suspended after DUI arrest

(Updated 3:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.)

Georgia linebacker Cornelius Washington was arrested early Sunday morning on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol after being stopped by police in Commerce for driving 92 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone, according to an incident report obtained by the AJC.

UPDATE: Georgia coach Mark Richt said late this afternoon that Washington, per UGA Athletic Association policy regarding DUI arrests, will be suspended for at least the next two games –  Saturday at Tennessee and Oct. 15 at Vanderbilt. “He’s sick. He feels awful. He knows he let the team down, let his coaches down,” Richt said. Click here for more on this story.

Washington was northbound on U.S. Highway 441, about 20 miles from Athens, when he was pulled over at 1:48 a.m.

“I asked Mr. Washington if he had been drinking and he stated yes but it had been several hours prior,” the arresting Commerce Police Department officer wrote in the incident report. Washington said he had “a couple of shots,” according to the report.

Washington posted a reading of .12 on an alcohol sensor test, according to the report. The legal limit is .08.

He also was asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests, which he failed, according to the report.

Washington, 22, was booked into the Jackson County jail, charged with DUI and speeding. He was later released on $3,500 bond.

There were three passengers in the 2009 Dodge Journey driven by Washington, according to the police report. One, a 20-year-old female, was arrested for underage consumption of alcohol.

Washington’s arrest is the first of a football team member in 2011.

Washington was coming off the best game of his career. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound junior from Hephzibah had two sacks and four tackles in Georgia’s 24-10 win over Mississippi State.  With a team-high 3.5 sacks this season, he would have been counted on heavily against Tennessee, which leads the SEC in passing.

-- By Tim Tucker and Chip Towers

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South Jax Dawg

October 2nd, 2011
12:09 pm

Beast from the East

October 2nd, 2011
12:10 pm

Ok, Dawgs, let us Gators have it. We got DEMOLISHED by a far superior Bama team last night. Dominated both lines of scrimmage. UF is a good team, but as last night showed, they are simply second tier in the SEC. Bama and LSU appear to be head and shoulders above the rest.
By the way, congrats on the win.

South Jax Dawg

October 2nd, 2011
12:10 pm

And this is how we roll! Never fails…

dawggirl

October 2nd, 2011
12:11 pm

Hope this isn’t true, but very disgusting if it is. He had such a good game, now he’s jeopardizing the team’s success. Talk about energy vampire. Boo on all fronts.

Roaddawg80

October 2nd, 2011
12:11 pm

Just when things seem to get rolling. I will pass judgement until we no for sure. I just hope it is someone else.

dawggirl

October 2nd, 2011
12:12 pm

Beast, I don’t think hardly anyone in the country (maybe Oklahoma or Wisconsin) can measure up to Bama and LSU. Hope Brantley’s alright, I hate to see injuries.

south

October 2nd, 2011
12:12 pm

there are millions of 22 year old Cornelius Washington’s in GA. I doubt it was him.

Jerry Springer

October 2nd, 2011
12:12 pm

Really? Couldn’t just go back to the apartment and have a beer? Had to go out, get tanked, and drive? Brilliant!

Beast from the East

October 2nd, 2011
12:15 pm

dawggirl,
Thanks. Haven’t heard anything defintive yet on Brantley. If we have to start a true freshman (Driskell) at Baton Rouge, it could be uglier than last night……if that’s possible.

Beast from the East

October 2nd, 2011
12:17 pm

By the way, why would someone be partying near Commerce instead of Athens? That’s like leaving South Beach to party in the Glades.

OkieDawg

October 2nd, 2011
12:24 pm

Last year, Demetre Baker was arrested for DUI and by the end of the day he was kicked off the team. Will CMR be consistent in his punishment? If so, it will be a tremendous blow to the team and CMR.

Oh NO BOBO

October 2nd, 2011
12:24 pm

I hope this isn’t true. DUI is serious and very dangerous.

I guess Ray Drew would get more snaps, if it is Washington.

Beast from the East, I am sorry about your QB. It looked like a bad injury. Alabama looks incredible. If our teams don’t drastically improve, whoever we put in the SEC championship is going to get destroyed.

Augusta dawg

October 2nd, 2011
12:25 pm

Beast, clearly Bama and LSU and head and shoulders above almost everyone. Starting your freshman may be bad news for this season but will do a great deal for you in the future if his pshcye doesn’t get hurt by being thrown in the fire. It was injury that allowed Stafford to play against USC. It could be a blessing in disguise since you guys weren’t “expected” to be in the national spotlight this year anyways. Go Dawgs. Hope Washington wasn’t arrested. He’s coming into his own.

Ga dawg all day

October 2nd, 2011
12:27 pm

Until I see a mugshot, I don’t believe it’s him.. Let go kick some Vols butt this weekend. GOOOO DAWGS..

ugacdawg

October 2nd, 2011
12:27 pm

This is a monumentally stupid mistake but he should only be sat after he has plead guilty or been found guilty. He should sit for Kentucky or San Diego if he is guilty. This would be a total non issue at almost every other school. No one cares about this, just handle it yourself CMR, do NOT get sucked into a public trial.

Still@theBAR

October 2nd, 2011
12:28 pm

Come to My Bar next time we will let you sleep it off in the storage room.

Daytona Dawg

October 2nd, 2011
12:29 pm

Beast…no need to “let you have it”. It was Alabama plus Nick Saban. ‘Nuff said.
Hope all is well for Brantley. Injuries suck.

buzznsc

October 2nd, 2011
12:29 pm

this just means he wont get to hang out with the fellow convicts at tennessee

DAWG with two bags over his head

October 2nd, 2011
12:30 pm

Here we go again. I guess Washington thought we were losing ground for this year’s Fuller Cup.

Mike

October 2nd, 2011
12:32 pm

This is somehow Nicky Fairley’s fault.

Paddy

October 2nd, 2011
12:33 pm

Why don’t things change? Why? Where is that new attitude we kept hearing about? This really upsets me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

With Richt as your coach, who can blame him for drinking.

October 2nd, 2011
12:34 pm

This young man should transfer to another school before Richt ruins his life, as he has so many other young men.

Bar Hopper

October 2nd, 2011
12:34 pm

He did pass the “bar exam”!

General Ledger

October 2nd, 2011
12:35 pm

Bar Hopper

October 2nd, 2011
12:36 pm

The UGA football team, staff and fans should all thank Alabama and Auburn for opening the door to a beat down in the SEC CG.

Georgia Tech

October 2nd, 2011
12:36 pm

Georgia Clearly has a cake walk into the SEC championship game….Everyone else has got to catch hell with BAMA. LSU, and Arkensaw…

Bar Hopper

October 2nd, 2011
12:38 pm

Word has it that he was taking a bottle to Stephen Garcia.

hotdawg

October 2nd, 2011
12:39 pm

he finally started to play ball and then this……..i feel sorry…..but on the other hand….where is t.j stripling???

IlliniDawg

October 2nd, 2011
12:40 pm

I always am a bit surprised at the self-righteousness that comes out on these blogs when a young man or woman makes a mistake like this. Is this a serious offense? Absolutely. Should they be punished? Of course. But the level of castigation and pompous judgment is just beyond me. I wonder, have these folks never made a similar kind of mistake? Ever? Really?

Concrete Pete

October 2nd, 2011
12:40 pm

Da’Trick Rogers-Nash beats the hell out of a fan and a police officer in Knoxville and gets no punishment. He will be on the field Saturday. Washington won’t. Certainly DUI is a terrible, dangerous and irresponsible act, but in light of crimes and punishments (or lackthereof) involving other teams and players, doesn’t seem right for Washington and UGA.

Jefferson kicks a man repeatedly while he was unconscious and scored a TD yesterday. GT had a guy beat his girlfriend and miss no time. GT also had a drug trafficker on the field.

I used to be all about punishments, but when punishments aren’t consistent and certain teams gain a competitive advantage it’s hard to support it.

LOL @ the UGA fans

October 2nd, 2011
12:40 pm

The funniest thing about this is the couple posts on here with people holding out hope it isn’t true. hahaa. Morons.

KINGDAWG

October 2nd, 2011
12:41 pm

I’d be willing to bet it happened on the section of 441 that bypasses Commerce. I’d also guess that the number of tickets the Commerce police write in that section exceeds 10 percent of their total tickets and therefore is against the law. Keep the speed limit in that area dawg fans.

Matt from MN

October 2nd, 2011
12:42 pm

And the beat goes on and on and on and on. Don’t give me the “they’re only kids” excuse. I, and all of my friends in college, managed to make it through graduation and beyond without getting our butts thrown in jail. It’s a joke.

Anon

October 2nd, 2011
12:43 pm

Wow, guys in denial. UGA acknowledged that Richt was aware. It was him. You would not be reading about it if it wasn’t. Obviously celebrating the game he played. A stupid move on his part.

NCDAWG

October 2nd, 2011
12:43 pm

Didn’t Corey Smith write a song about the Jackson County police?

collegeballfan

October 2nd, 2011
12:44 pm

You guys who are hoping it is not “him”, read the column. The Athletic Director is aware of the arrest. So is the Head Coach.

IlliniDawg

October 2nd, 2011
12:44 pm

@Matt: the reason you and I made it through college without getting caught is that the rules were a lot less strict and the enforcement was much looser. Hell, I’m certainly not proud of it, but I probably was drunk and driving several times and yet luckily did not get caught. Not condoning this at all. Not at all. But to be all pompous and self-righteous is simply arrogant to me.

Everyone on this comment board

October 2nd, 2011
12:45 pm

OMG a 22-year-old got arrested for doing something stupid. This is the first college student ever to do that. I’m going to kill myself now, for life no longer has meaning for me.

Georgia Tech

October 2nd, 2011
12:46 pm

Sooo looking at the rest of the SEC…Georgia could very well loose to Florida and USCe and still go to the ship….this is so very possible…

jawga boy

October 2nd, 2011
12:47 pm

Legally speaking, a DUI first offense is a misdemeanor. The second, more serious, 3rd a felony I think. Also keep in mind, he hasn’t been found guilty. Lots can happen to have these charges thrown out or down to some lesser charge. Admittedly dumb, very dumb. He’ll be a running some this week.

sc

October 2nd, 2011
12:47 pm

Why do birds fly upside down over alabama……….because its not worth s%$&# on!!!!!!!! lol

Rock And Roller

October 2nd, 2011
12:48 pm

Cops should stop hassling folks who drink a few beers and drive. It used not to be considered so serious and the cops used to drive you home instead of jail.

????

October 2nd, 2011
12:48 pm

WAY TO GO WASHINGTON!!! Way. To. Go.

Ga dawg all day

October 2nd, 2011
12:49 pm

lol. Have you seen an mugshot or arrest documents? If not don’t judge the book by the covers. At this it’s all rumors.

Still@theBAR

October 2nd, 2011
12:49 pm

No Chick that was sober wouldn’t drive him? Or a buddy?
Well he DID have a drivers license.
Show up for court it does matter.
File for a hearing Monday so you can keep your Driving Privileges until the court date Don’t add more crap to the situation.

Esaun

October 2nd, 2011
12:49 pm

Grown man gets dui, whats the news in that. Great game CW

Old Boy

October 2nd, 2011
12:51 pm

At the end of last year, I thought that Washington would be a real breakout star for the defense this year. Too bad that he made a bone-headed decision less than 24 hours after a game. I am surprised that these guys have enough energy or time to get in this kind of trouble during the season. On a side note to Beast, UF has done better this year than anyone thought and looked pretty competitive in the first part of the game. I think that Bama’s depth was the big difference because there is not a big drop off between number the fourth best and the 44th best on their roster.

IlliniDawg

October 2nd, 2011
12:52 pm

@Still@theBar: Yeah, had a good friend and one of my kids have to go through this, and if you complete all of the steps, education and counseling programs, community service, etc., this can be a valuable life lesson which has only limited long-term impact. It is the 2nd and 3rd time offenders who really get nailed.

Clayton

October 2nd, 2011
12:53 pm

Terrible news after a great night. Just stupidity.

Anon

October 2nd, 2011
12:53 pm

Well it was news when Evans got his DUI. It’s something that is reported more now than in our day, because most people finally figured out that others die when people drink and drive. At least there was no accident involved which would have been much more serious in his life.