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UGA RB Ealey arrested following hit-and-run of defenseless vehicle

Washaun Ealey had been locked in a battle with Caleb King for Georgia’s starting running back job throughout summer camp.

This morning, the sophomore is locked in a county jail.

According to multiple reports, Ealey was arrested very early this morning and charged with hit and run of a parked vehicle and driving on a suspended license.  Ealey was booked  at 5:22 ET this morning and remains in the Clarke County Jail in lieu of a $3,000 bond.

Ealey was driving a gold Chevrolet Impala that hit a parked truck in the East Deck at 3:19 a.m. today, university police chief Jimmy Williamson told the Athens Banner-Herald.

Parking service employees saw the incident and stopped Ealey and asked him to wait for police, but Ealey said he couldn’t wait for the police and he left the scene, Williamson said. 

“Our officers arrived on the scene ran the car and it came back to an individual not the individual that was arrested,” Williamson said. “We went to the room of that individual and he told us he had not been driving a car, that his roommate had been driving the car and he gave us the name of Washaun Ealey.” 

Police talked to Ealey, who told them details about the accident. It was then determined he was driving on a suspended license.

Ealey led the Bulldogs in rushing last season with 717 yards, but King was tentatively named the starter Thursday by running backs coach Bryan McClendon.

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18 Responses to “UGA RB Ealey arrested following hit-and-run of defenseless vehicle”
  1. Fred Kown says: Aug 27, 2010 10:04 AM

    The Georgia- Tennessee game needs to be re-named the Jailhouse Bowl.

  2. GoBigDog says: Aug 27, 2010 10:08 AM

    Dang it, need to stop texting while driving….

  3. Sweeptheleg says: Aug 27, 2010 10:15 AM

    Ealey’s just ready for the season to start he’s already racking up those yards after contact.

  4. reality check says: Aug 27, 2010 10:38 AM

    All muscle, no brains. Maybe the college entrance exam should include a “Right or Wrong” test…as I think these kids really do not KNOW right from wrong… as it is hard for me to believe they would knowingly do something that could kill their NFL chances.

  5. dliles says: Aug 27, 2010 10:59 AM

    Something about taking the KID out of the THUG!!

  6. AllOrange23 says: Aug 27, 2010 11:14 AM

    Im liking the Jailhouse Bowl!
    Just because UGA has at least one player per week arrested, it does not make them thugs. Just idiots without legal, valid drivers licenses. Are there any members of UGA’s football team that have a legal, valid drivers license? Just sayin…
    WDE!

  7. Daniel says: Aug 27, 2010 11:29 AM

    Well Mark Richt needs to Once Again make an Example out of the Kid, I say suspend him for 6 Games!

  8. Donna says: Aug 27, 2010 1:41 PM

    What a BONEHEAD move!!!! Why would you run?? Even with a suspended license, the car would have been towed, he would have been cited for driving with a suspended license, BUT NO JAIL!!!!
    I tell ya this is the best example of making a bad situation worse!!!

  9. Florida727 says: Aug 27, 2010 1:51 PM

    sure, suspend him for 6 games, like that’s going to happen. just like the missouri kid arrested for sexual assault. he’s “suspended”, but they’re debating whether or not he’ll be back in time for the season opener. discipline once again takes a back seat to winning when it comes to college football. gotta love it…

  10. Bill B says: Aug 27, 2010 2:00 PM

    It’s hard for me to wrap my arms around how these big time players with big time futures don’t understand that any violation of the law can turn a multi million dollar/yr career into flirting with a lifetime of welfare.
    The AD needs to hire a probation coach to keep the players from allowing them to put themselves into positions where they can get into trouble. Classes, practice and then lock them in their damn rooms! This story happens way too often and it’s killing us.
    At the same time, we need to keep things in perspective. Ealey’s not a “thug” and what he did doesn’t merit a 6 game suspension (unless you’re from UF or GT). A “thug” is someone who gets drunk and then sexually assaults a woman. A “thug” is someone who gets drunk and gets into a brawl in a bar and then assaults and injures a police officer trying to break up the brawl. It sounds like Ealey was driving on a suspended license, got into a fender-bender and then got scared and ran. Really bad decision making, but that’s not a “thug”.
    The Ealey/King RB tandem was/is something we’ve been looking at to bring back our power running game and keep some of the pressure off our rookie QB. But that’s not gone. Fortunately we have some depth and new talent at RB who will be able to step in if there is a suspension and keep that plan in tact.
    UGA is not by itself. But personally I’m tired of my alma mater having the reputation of being a “jailhouse U”.

  11. lakesidegator says: Aug 27, 2010 3:33 PM

    Were red panties involved?

  12. bobh says: Aug 27, 2010 3:58 PM

    UGA needs to swap uniforms with Clemson so their players can check into the jail faster! Would also save the State money for roadside garbage pick-up garb.

  13. blitz4848 says: Aug 27, 2010 5:09 PM

    Let’s look at this scenario:
    1-he did something wrong enough to get his license suspended
    2-he did another thing wrong by driving with a suspended license
    3-he did another thing wrong by hitting a parked car and then taking off
    4-he did another thing wrong by NOT telling his roommate who’s car he borrowed and wrecked that it happened
    5-What in the hell was he doing out at 3:19 am in the first place–willing to bet this is another thing he did wrong & broke a team curfew rule in the process.
    It seems there is a pattern here of doing want he feeld he’s entitled to do no matter what the laws are. This kid needs some strong enough to get his attention and hopefully Richt will do right by the kid and his family and get this kid’s attention before he becomes a full blown thug!!!

  14. hephrebel says: Aug 27, 2010 6:57 PM

    He needs to be kicked out of school and not let to play on any other team as well. If you can do that to your team who is depending on you to play and the season is here, you don’t need to play at UGA or anywhere else. Actions like that would put a stop to alot of that crap.

  15. Bill B says: Aug 27, 2010 9:00 PM

    Get real hephrebel. He needs to be punished. But the punishment needs to fit the crime. A 1-2 game suspension is more than enough to punish him as well as the rest of the team. Kicking him out school and not letting him play for another team would destroy him for life. Let’s just do like the barbaric religious extremists do and and cut off his hands!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Did you do nothing like this when you were young that could have destroyed your life with your kind of overreaction? “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”. Let’s keep things in perspective people.

  16. lovecollegefootball says: Aug 28, 2010 6:04 PM

    There are a ton of good players waiting on a scholarship position. Kick him off the team and give the scholarship to someone that will appreciate it. Obviously this kid didn’t appreciate the free education he’d been given. He seems to be a repeat offender anyway with his driver’s license already suspended?

  17. venman33 says: Aug 29, 2010 9:21 PM

    Come on bill if you hit a parked car and then ran you and me both would be looking at jail time and if we had that happen and had to miss work we would be FIRED! so why should he not be kicked out of school ? now dont get me wrong I LOVE GA BUT WHERE HAS OUR STANDARDS GONE? I say bring back the moral compass back we had in the 80’s you did not see this kinda lack of respecct for GA football that you see today. So Coach R, should be as hard as he needs to be and set the attitude right for the others that think they are above the rules. when i played college ball in 88-91 we had rules and if we did not follow them we were off the team and even out of school It did not kill us then and it wont kill them now. going to college is a gift and a blessing alot of people dont ever get to experence . so he should be reminded that he is just a talent and not above any rules……………..

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