Seattle, WA- Yet another football player is in trouble from drunk driving this week. This time it’s the star tight end for the Washington Huskies, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who was charged with a DUI over the weekend after being involved in a single car accident.
University of Washington coach Steve Sarkisian announced Tuesday night that Seferian-Jenkins would be suspended indefinitely, according to the Seattle Times. Serefian-Jenkins will be suspended from all team activities while the university investigates his arrest, which could take several weeks.
In a statement Sarkisian said that once they investigation is completed the university could reinstate Serefian-Jenkins, adding, “we will make the decisions necessary based on our team rules and our school’s policies that are fair to him and fair to us, and we will move forward and we will support him.”
According to UW policies student-athletes charged with a crime must be suspended until a thorough investigation is conducted. If they are charged with a misdemeanor, it is up to the discretion of the faculty to lift the suspension. The same is true of felony charges but reinstatement is left to the discretion of the Director of Athletics.
Serefian-Jenkins was driving in the university area of Seattle Saturday night around 11:30 when he lost control of his vehicle and plunged into a catch basin at the end of Ravenna Park. According to police, Serefian-Jenkins jumped a curb, drove over a small tree and the sidewalk before stopping in the catch basin, according to the Seattle Post Intelligencer. There was a large star-shaped crack in the driver’s side of the windshield.
A witness told police she saw Serefian-Jenkins speeding before he lost control.
The responding officer noticed Serafian-Jenkins smelled of alcohol. He was also injured; he had a bloody nose presumably from striking the windshield, and was taken to the hospital on a backboard.
After a DUI officer arrived and determined the tight end was intoxicated he informed Serefian-Jenkins he was under arrest.
Serefian-Jenksins refused to speak to the police and demanded to speak to his attorney at the accident scene and later at the hospital. He also refused to submit to a blood test, which in Washington State can make penalties worse if the accused is later convicted of drunk driving.
A few hours later, the arresting officer was able to obtain a search warrant to test Serefian-Jenkins’s blood, according to Seattle Post Intelligencer.
Though he was did not fully cooperate with police after the incident and at the hospital, he was more remorseful on Monday when he released a statement apologizing for his actions.
“Coach Sarkisian holds our team to high standards on and off the field, and I fell short of those standards this weekend,” Serefian-Jenkins said. “I apologize for letting down my family, my team and the entire University of Washington community. I will take full responsibility for my actions and work to use this as a learning experience.”
Serafian-Jenkins in latest in a long line of pro and college football players charged with intoxicated driving. Everybody makes mistakes, but drinking and driving is a serious one that has numerous personal and professional ramifications, which only a DUI attorney can help negate.