Police: Family violence complaint may not be first against Commings
ATHENS – Details of the arrest of Georgia football player Sanders Commings on charges of simple battery/family violence this past Saturday were made available Monday in the official police report, obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through open records laws.
According to the “family violence incident report” form that was included in the documents released by police, this may not be the first such incident between Commings and the female victim. Next to a line asking for “number of previous complaints as advised by victim,” a box labeled “1-5″ was checked. The other options were zero, 6-10, more than 10 and unknown.
Following are some other details, according to the report filed by UGA police officer James Simons:
- Simons and another officer were flagged down by individuals in a white Nissan Xterra at 1:19 a.m. at the entrance of University Family Housing Building D on East Campus Road. The driver told the officers she was trying to get their attention “because one of her passengers was just involved in a domestic incident.”
- Simons then interviewed the victim in the back seat of the vehicle. She declined medial attention and had no visible injuries.
- Based on that interview, officers determined that an incident had occurred at approximately 1 a.m. Saturday in the area of Broad Street and Jackson Street in downtown Athens and there was probable cause woman was a victim of simple battery (family violence).
- At 7:43 a.m. Saturday, Athens-Clarke Magistrate Judge Patricia Barron signed an arrest warrant for simple battery/family violence.
- At 8:33 a.m., Commings was contacted by police at his residence at The Woodlands Apartments on Barnett Shoals Road in East Athens and placed under arrest.
- Commings was booked into Athens-Clarke County Jail at 9:06 a.m. and released on $1,000 bond at 4:49 p.m.
- Commings and the victim “live in same household or formerly lived in household.”
- A box was checked indicating that alcohol was involved with “aggressor.”
Attempts to contact Commings or his representation have been unsuccessful.
Georgia coach Mark Richt said Saturday he was looking into the incident. No disciplinary action by UGA or the football program has been determined.
Commings is a rising senior and starting cornerback for the Bulldogs.