Details of UGA DL Jonathan Ledbetter's DUI Arrest Were Released

A second alcohol-related arrest in four months, falling asleep at the wheel in a busy intersection, blowing a .138 BAC...The specifics aren't pretty.

The details of Jonathan Ledbetter's DUI arrest have been released and they aren't good.

According to the Athens Banner-Herald and the arrest report, Ledbetter was found by the police asleep at the wheel at a busy intersection in Athens, Ga. at 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning. It took them over 20 minutes to wake him after knocking on the window, starting sirens, and shaking his vehicle. They weren't able to wake him up until forcibly unlocking his vehicle. 

He tried to explain to the police that he hadn't been sleeping, but later submitted to a breathalyzer test that revealed he has a BAC of .138, almost twice the legal limit of .08. He also completed a field sobriety test. He said he'd only had two Bud Light Platinums.  

Ledbetter later revealed he "knew what was going on in the world with cops shooting black people". He also mentioned that he just wanted to know if he passed the sobriety test so that he could take his friends home. No one was in the car besides Ledbetter. 

"The arrest on DUI charges of University of Georgia defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter will result in discipline," the University of Georgia Athletic Department said in a statement, "However, it will also result in an intensified education, counseling, and medical assistance program,"

This is Ledbetter's second arrest in four months. He was arrested in March for underage possession of alcohol and possession of a false identification after trying to enter an Athens bar. Charges were later dropped due to police misconduct -- The arresting officer is said to have grabbed his identification out of his wallet without speaking to Ledbetter first. The arresting officer was wearing a body camera at the time. 

Head coach Kirby Smart gave Ledbetter a one-game suspension after his March arrest but never released whether it had been lifted when the charges were dropped.

"Certainly we are disappointed and recognize he has a serious problem," said Smart "We have provided help for him previously and we are committed to providing whatever assistance is necessary for Jonathan that will contribute to immediate improvement but also ensure that his long-term well-being is secure."

Smart will be present at SEC Media Days Tuesday. 


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