Georgia AD tried to influence officer before arrest

Damon Evans repeatedly stressed his job title to local authorities and urged the officer to let him go before being arrested on a drunken driving charge late Wednesday.

According to a report obtained by The Associated Press, a Georgia State Patrol officer said the University of Georgia athletic director asked if there was “anything you can do without arresting me.” In addition, Evans reportedly stated, “I am not trying to bribe you but I am the athletic director of the University of Georgia.”

Evans and 28-year-old Courtney Fuhrmann were pulled over and arrested after the trooper said he saw Evans driving erratically. He was charged with DUI and failure to maintain a lane and Fuhrmann was charged with disorderly conduct.

Evans apologized Thursday but did not offer to resign. It will be interesting to see how university president Michael Adams handles the situation and what Evans’ future will be at the school. Evans is one of head coach Mark Richt’s biggest supporters, so his termination could have a major effect on the entire program.

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