Friday, July 2, 2010

Fuhrmann: Charges Are a "Misunderstanding," Evans Arrest Report Released...

Courtney Fuhrmann, the 28-year-old passenger in the car when Georgia AD Damon Evans was pulled over for DUI calls the charges against her a "misunderstanding," but declined to elaborate on her assertion...

Here's continuing coverage from our friends at WAGA-TV
Looks like Chris Shaw got the morning shift on this one...

Evans is set to appear in court on July 12...

The AJC's Rhonda Shaw says in her Friday article that Evans has consulted with attorneys in both Athens and Atlanta, and that he cannot simply pay a fine and move on from the charges levelled on him- the charges are not traffic offenses.

From Cook's piece:
The athletic director refused to submit to a test which means he will lose his license to drive within 30 days unless he can persuade an administrative law judge to reinstate it. Evans has 10 days to ask The Georgia Department of Driver Services for a hearing and as of Friday no such request had been made.

All three charges against Evans are misdemeanors, which allows for a maximum punishment of a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. State law also mandates 40 hours of community service and a drug and alcohol assessment, and possibly treatment of some kind for a DUI conviction. Georgia law considers a person intoxicated if their blood alcohol content registers at least .08.

The HQ believes that three words a married man doesn't need to be saying with a younger woman in the car...???

"Just a friend..."

PM UPDATE: The arrest report is out on the Evans DUI, and it's not pretty...

Evans admitted to the officer that he had a total of three martinis on the evening in two separate locations in Buckhead.

According to the arrest report, the arresting officer noticed that the subject (Evans) had “a red pair of lady’s panties between his legs.” Later in the report, the officer writes that he asked Evans “what her panties were doing in the seat and he stated, “she took them off and I held them because I was just trying to get her home.”

The officer reported that Evans also said, “I have a young lady and she is intoxicated and I am just trying to get her home.“ He also said, “I apologize and don’t want to use my influence but she is trying to protect me,” according to the report.

After being placed under arrest and refusing a preliminary breath test, the report says Evans told the officer, “I am not trying to bribe you, but I am the athletic director of the University of Georgia.” Evans reportedly then admitted he had been drinking and started crying, saying “I didn’t think I was drunk.”

Evans, apparently, also asked that he just be taken to a motel.

The report also states that Evans asked the officer, “I am not trying to bribe you, but is there anything you can do without arresting me?”

At the jail, Fuhrmann said the two had been seeing each other only a week or so, and then she said, “that I promise you one thing, he will get off... Just to let you know, it will be erased because he is the Athletic Director of UGA and he has that power.”

Boy, does this REALLY not look good...

In checking with our law enforcement sources, it is the opinion of one of them in particular that the arresting officer seemed to go out of his way to ask questions not germane to the situation. We'll see just how much of this information contained in the police report is directly related to the alleged misdemeanors and how much of it is just chest-thumping at a traffic stop.

More when we know more... and, yes, we have the copy of the arrest report but we're not going to post it online...

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