COMMERCE, Ga. -- Georgia linebacker Cornelius Washington was arrested Sunday morning by Commerce Police and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding.
Washington, 22, was taken to Jackson County Jail and made $3,500 earlier Sunday. Both charges are misdemeanors.
According to the police incident report, Washington was clocked at 1:48 a.m. driving 92 miles an hour in his 2009 Dodge Journey an area of U.S. Highway 441 where the speed limit was 55.
Per police, there were four total people in the car, including Lindsey Garic, a 20-year old passenger who was "asleep in the front passenger seat" and subsequently arrested and charged with underage consumption of alcohol. Per police, Garic showed a reading of .176 on an alco-sensor test.
Washington reportedly told the police officer that he had "a couple of shots several hours prior." Washington was given a field sobriety test and his result on the alco-sensor test was a .120, according to police.
UGA has confirmed that Coach Mark Richt is aware of the arrest, but there has been no announcement as to any discipline for the arrest.
Washington currently leads UGA's team in sacks after posting two during Saturday's victory over Mississippi State.
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Richt said on his weekly teleconference with reporters that Washington will be suspended a minimum of 20 percent of the season in accordance with the UGA athletics association's policy on DUI arrests.
Pressed for clarification, Richt said that means "at least" two games, so at this point, Washington is sure to be out for Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
"It's a setback, but I don't know if it will deter us from playing hard and playing well," Richt said. "It's going to give someone else an opportunity to play well."
Richt said he met with Washington on Sunday.
"He's sick. He feels awful," Richt said. "He knows that he let the team down, let his coaches down, let his family down, the Bulldog Nation in general. He understands there's going to be a price to be paid. He's going to take his punishment like a man and come back and finish strong for us. That's kind of his state of mind right now."
Richt would not elaborate on possible replacements in the lineup for Washington, saying he was "not quite sure what we'll do yet."
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