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BREAKING NEWS: Court in Athens makes decision in drunk driving case of UGA football RB Trevor Etienne

BREAKING NEWS: Court in Athens makes decision in drunk driving case of UGA football RB Trevor Etienne

ATHENS – The drunken driving charge filed against UGA football RB Trevor Etienne in March has been dropped.

The Athenian Banner Herald reported that Etienne was in court on Wednesday regarding the matter. The driver, a Florida native, was charged with drunk driving, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane/unlawful driving on roadway and placing materials obstructing visibility through window/windshield.

The drunk driving charge that was dropped was a so-called “less certain” charge, where the person arrested had a blood alcohol level of less than .08.



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Police alleged Etienne was driving 80 to 90 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone and crossed a double yellow line twice to pass vehicles. Etienne admitted to authorities that he had consumed three beers “well before” he drove off. Etienne is not yet of legal age to drink alcohol in Georgia.

Kirby Smart had stated in the spring that he wanted to take legal action before announcing disciplinary measures against the running back.

“We also know that sometimes kids don’t make the best decisions,” Smart said of Etienne. “The older you get, the harder the consequences are sometimes for your mistakes. He’s not going to let that mistake define him. He’s embarrassed. He’s upset. He knows he made a mistake. It’s a teaching moment and we hope he’ll learn from it.”

With the dropped charges, Etienne may now be able to play without suspension in the Dawgs’ season opener against Clemson on August 31 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The game will be televised on ABC at noon.

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