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Jalen Carter, the former Georgia Bulldogs player and one of the top picks for the upcoming NFL draft, faces reckless driving and racing charges in connection with the car accident that killed a teammate and a staff member.
The arrest warrant was issued by the Athens-Clarke District Police Department on Wednesday.
It said that according to ESPN, in the run-up to the accident on March 15, Mr Carter
The news comes just a few hours later The Constitution of the Atlanta Journal reported that Mr Carter was allegedly present at the scene of the accident and later changed his story about what happened while speaking to law enforcement.
Ms LeCroy and Bulldogs offensive lineman Devin Willock were killed in the crash. Police initially said only one vehicle was involved in the accident.
Mr. Carter is currently in Indianapolis, Indiana, participating in the NFL Scouting Combine, according to ESPN.
In Georgia, reckless driving and racing are offenses.
“As far as I know, Mr. Carter is making arrangements to turn himself in,” said Lt. Shaun Barnett of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.
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Willock was pronounced dead at the scene on January 15
20-year-old Willock was pronounced dead at the scene. LeCroy was taken to a hospital where she died from her injuries.
Offensive lineman Warren McClendon, who had just announced he would be drafted into the NFL, suffered minor injuries. Georgia football worker Victoria Bowles was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Georgia Department of Sports officials said Jan. 28 that the vehicle driven by LeCroy was to be used only for recruiting activities and not for personal use.
According to police, the drivers accelerated “in an apparent attempt to overtake each other”
According to the warrant, the Athens Police investigation found that LeCroy and Carter operated their vehicles “in a manner consistent with racing” after leaving downtown Athens around 2:30 a.m
The warrant says evidence shows the vehicles changed lanes, took the middle turn lane, entered oncoming lanes, passed other motorists and drove at high speed “in an apparent attempt to overtake one another.”
Shortly before the crash, police determined that LeCroy’s expedition was traveling at about 100 mph. The warrant states that LeCroy’s blood alcohol concentration at the time of the crash was 0.197. The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08.
Carter says he will clear his name
“This morning I received a phone call from the Athens Georgia Police Department informing me that two warrants have been issued for my arrest for reckless driving and racing.” he tweeted On Wednesday.
“There are numerous media reports circulating this morning with false information about the tragic events of January 15, 2023.
“I intend to return to Athens to respond to the misdemeanor charges against me and to ensure that the full and accurate truth is presented.
“There is no question in my mind that when all the facts are known, I will be cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.”
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Carter expected to appeal the warrant upon his return to Georgia
According to Lt. Shaun Barnett of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department was due Carter for the NFL scouting combine Wednesday in Indianapolis and is expected to address the warrant when he returns to Athens.
“As far as I know, Mr. Carter is making arrangements to turn himself in,” Barnett said in an email to the AP.
The crash came just hours after the Bulldogs celebrated their second straight national championship with a parade and ceremony that killed LeCroy and Willock.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart expressed his concerns about the charges in a statement released Wednesday.
“The charges announced today are deeply worrying as we continue to grapple with the devastating loss of two loved ones in our community,” Smart said.
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Toxicological reports indicate high levels of alcohol by the employee
Toxicology reports state that LeCroy’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.197, more than double the legal limit for driving in Georgia. Police say the SUV he was driving was traveling at a speed of 104 mph prior to the accident.
The crash came just hours after the team celebrated winning back-to-back national championships with a parade in Athens and a ceremony at the university’s Sanford Stadium.
“The charges announced today are deeply concerning as we continue to grapple with the devastating loss of two beloved members of our community,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said in a statement.
“We will continue to work fully with the authorities, supporting these families and examining what we can learn from this terrible tragedy.”
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Carter and LeCroy “operated their vehicles in a manner consistent with racing,” police say
Police said in a statement Wednesday that evidence in the case showed Carter and LeCroy “operated their vehicles in a manner consistent with racing” before the accident occurred.
“The evidence showed that both vehicles were changing lanes, traveling in the center turn lane, traveling in opposite lanes, passing other motorists and traveling at high speeds in an apparent attempt to overtake each other,” the statement said called police.
Investigators claim that “alcohol impairment, racing, reckless driving and speed were significant factors contributing to the accident.”
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Carter wants to turn himself in, police say
Carter, a defensive tackle, is the number one pick in the upcoming NFL draft according to ESPN’s Mel Kuiper and is currently in the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
“As far as I know, Mr. Carter is making arrangements to turn himself in,” said Lt. Shaun Barnett of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department. said The Associated Press.
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