Georgia junior outside linebacker Chase Vasser will be suspended for the season's first two games as a result of an arrest and charge of driving under the influence of alcohol this past spring, Mark Richt confirmed Thursday through a UGA spokesperson.
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The two-game penalty is per the UGA Athletics Association's Policy, which requires a suspension of no less than 20 percent of the competition season for any DUI arrest.
The punishment for a second DUI arrest, per the same policy, would be half of a competition season.
Vasser's arrest occurred May 11 in Atlanta, according to the Athens Banner-Herald, which first reported details of the incident on Thursday.
Per an incident reported obtained by the Banner-Herald, "Vasser was stopped by Georgia State Patrol at 2:33 a.m. after a trooper saw Vasser’s red pickup weaving on Piedmont Road at Peachtree in the Buckhead section of Atlanta."
Police reportedly smelled alcohol in the car and administered a sobriety test and breathalyzer. Vasser was booked into jail and posted bond later that day.
Vasser's suspension only adds to a growing list of missing men on Georgia's defense to start this season. Cornerback Sanders Commings has also been suspended for the first two games as a result of an offseason arrest. UGA announced Commings' suspension in February.