Ealey Arrested (UPDATED)

ATHENS - Eight days before Georgia's first game of the season trouble has hit the Dawgs.

Backup running back Washuan Ealey was arrested early this morning on charges of suspended license and hit-and-run of a parked vehicle. Both of the charges are considered misdemeanors. Georgia players are typically suspended at least one game for getting arrested - no matter the charge.

"One of the charges was duty upon strike and the other was driving with a suspended license," UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said Friday morning. "He was booked in jail a little after 5 AM, but the arrest occurred a little after 3 AM."

A municipal bench warrant has also be issued for Ealey according to the Clarke County Sheriff's department.

"He does have a bench warrant," a spokesman at the Athens-Clarke County Jail said.

Ealey failed to appear in Athens-Clarke county court July 12 on charges of speeding and tag violations.

Ealey's bond is for all three charges is $3,480. Athletic Association officials did not comment on the matter Friday morning. The Bulldogs are scheduled to have a practice this afternoon and on Saturday.

According to Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph, Parking Sevices employees saw Ealey hit a parked car and told him not to leave.

Ealey has been in a competition for the starting running back spot with Caleb King. Running backs coach Bryan McClendon said Thursday night that King has a "slight edge" to get the starting spot over Ealey.

"He's been more consistent in his pass-blocking throughout camp right now," McClendon said of King. "I think he's worked hard at that. Both of those guys have improved a bunch at that, but right now I would say it's going to be (King)."

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