Georgia tailback Washaun Ealey was arrested early on Friday morning on charges of hit and run and driving on a suspended license.
The charges are misdemeanors, and Ealey was still at the Clarke County jail as of Friday morning, held on bond of $3,000. Ealey, 21, was arrested by the UGA Police, who said alcohol was not involved, and no one was injured.
Ealey, a sophomore, was Georgia’s leading rusher last year with 717 yards, and scored three touchdowns.
He was expected to share carries this year with junior Caleb King, who on Thursday was named the tentative starter by running backs coach Bryan McClendon.
There has been no comment yet from Georgia or head coach Mark Richt. Ealey was booked just after 5 a.m.
Jimmy Williamson, police chief of the university of Georgia, said Ealey was charged with two misdemeanors: driving on a suspended license and failing to obey "duty upon strike."
At 3:19 a.m., a vehicle made contact with a parked vehicle in the East parking deck at UGA. That was witnessed by parking service employees, who confronted the driver. The driver parked the car and left the scene.
Officers arrived and tracked the car to an Athens residence. They first talked to his roommate, who informed them it had been his roommate, Ealey, driving the car.
The police spoke to Ealey, and determined that he had been driving on a suspended license. He was subsequently arrested.
This is the eighth Georgia player to be arrested this calendar year. Tavarres King, a receiver, is suspended for at least the season opener after being cited for underage possession of alcohol.
It also follows the high-profile arrest of then-athletics director Damon Evans on June 30. Evans was arrested in Atlanta on charges of driving under the influence, and embarrassing details in the police report led to his forced resignation.
Ealey is also the fourth Georgia player in the past year to be charged with operating a vehicle without a license or with a suspended license.