ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia running back Caleb King was arrested this morning in Athens-Clarke County for what police are saying is an unpaid speeding ticket in Walton County.
King was UGA's leading rusher with 58 yards in Saturday's win over Tennessee.
Bruce Wright, chief deputy for the Walton County Police Department in Monroe, told Dawgs247 that King’s charge is for failing to appear or pay a June 20 speeding ticket in Walton County. The charge is a misdemeanor.
“He had a traffic ticket and apparently forgot to pay it,” Wright said. “If he pays it, it goes away. It’s just a fine, as it would be with anyone.”
King was booked in Athens-Clarke County jail at 5:08 a.m., according to the jail log, which says he was being held in custody for another agency. No bond was listed, though King was released at 10:45 a.m. after paying his fees.
UGA issued a statement saying Bulldogs coach Mark Richt is aware of situation and is “continuing to gather information.”
With the events of this morning, King becomes the 11th UGA football player arrested this year. The most recent, freshman linebacker Demetre Baker, was dismissed from the team for a Sept. 26 charge of DUI in Athens.
King’s arrest occurred as a result of a traffic stop of his brother Brandon King at the intersection of Gaines School Road and Barnett Shoals Road in Athens around 3:59 a.m. this morning, according to the Athens-Clarke County Police officer’s incident report.
The report states that Brandon King was driving a black Ford Explorer with a suspended license and was arrested for that reason.
The automobile belonged to Georgia defensive end Brandon Wood, according to the report. Wood and Caleb King arrived at the scene to pick up the car. Police ran checks on the licenses’ of both players, and Caleb King’s revealed the warrant from Walton County.
“Mr. Wood came back valid with no problem. Mr. C. King’s licence came back suspended NOT served,” the officer’s report said. “I informed him of the issue, and he stated that he had already taken care of the problem. … While I was filling out paperwork, (the) central (office) informed me of possible warrants out of Walton Co for C. King. The warrants were verified and Walton asked to place a hold on Caleb King.”
The tailback was taken into custody while “The car was released to Mr. Wood and another licensed driver,” according to police.
Brandon King made $500 bond and was released at 10:48 a.m. today, according to the jail log, three minutes after his brother.