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Georgia Football RB Trevor Etienne DUI, other traffic offenses cleared

Georgia Football RB Trevor Etienne DUI, other traffic offenses cleared

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Georgia football running back Trevor Etienne was in an Athens courtroom Wednesday morning for a hearing related to his arrest this spring when police accused him of driving recklessly after consuming three beers.

The Florida transfer, who is expected to be one of the SEC’s top rushers this season, was charged by Athens-Clarke County police with several misdemeanors, including drunken driving, but his case was settled as part of a plea agreement.

The charges of driving under the influence and driving under 21 were dropped, while Etienne pleaded no contest to the reckless driving charge related to the early morning incident on March 24, and pleaded guilty to possession of alcohol as a minor, failure to maintain lane and window tint violation.

Etienne, 20, received 12 months probation and was fined $852 and ordered to pay a $45 monthly monitoring fee. He was also required to complete a substance abuse evaluation, perform 40 hours of community service, attend an alcohol risk reduction program and submit to random drug and alcohol testing.

While Etienne admitted to drinking alcohol on the night of his night out, he refused to take a sobriety test and blood alcohol test. The judge was told there was minimal evidence of intoxication to pursue this charge.

“We’re glad that the evidence didn’t support the drunk driving charge from the beginning,” attorney Kim Stephens, who represented Etienne, told the Athens Banner-Herald. “We’re glad that the law firm recognized that and agreed to something that wasn’t a drunk driving case.”

Stephens said the legal question in this case was whether the consent given was read correctly.

“Refusing the test would probably not have been permissible,” he said. “In fact, Trevor agreed to a breath test during the stop but was never given the opportunity.”

Etienne is expected to be Georgia’s starting running back after rushing for 1,472 yards and 15 touchdowns in two seasons at Florida.

Georgia has not announced whether Etienne will be suspended for the season-opening game on Aug. 31 against Clemson in Atlanta.

It is unclear what effect the dismissal of the drunken driving charge might have on disciplinary action. Coach Kirby Smart will speak to reporters at SEC Media Days in Dallas on Tuesday.

“In addition to our disciplinary process at the university, we also have to deal with all of these things internally,” Smart said after Etienne’s arrest. “I’m disappointed in his decision, but he’s a good kid.”

Stephens, a former offensive lineman for the Georgia football team, said, “I trust they will do everything that is in their policies.”

Defensive back Javon Bullard was suspended for one game in 2022 after an incident involving alcohol. Wide receiver Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint served a one-game suspension last season after being arrested for reckless driving and multiple speeding violations.

Police said Etienne was driving his 2024 Audi RS7 sedan on South Milledge Avenue at a minimum of 80 to 90 miles per hour in an 80 mph zone while driving home after consuming alcohol. He allegedly drove over double yellow lines and passed a vehicle.

Judge Marcy Jolles of the District Court told Etienne in court: “I see you were driving a very new Audi. I don’t know if you have a name, picture or likeness or if that is what is being achieved through this statement. I am sure you and Mr Stephens have discussed that you are a public figure, whether you realise it or not. What you do is what people see because of your role at the university. I would hope that you make better choices in the future to set a better example for those who are watching.”

Stephens told the judge: “He is relatively new to the Athens area. We do not anticipate any further problems or difficulties in the future.”