Georgia outside linebacker Cornelius Washington was arrested early Sunday and charged with speeding and driving under the influence.

Washington was northbound on U.S. Highway 441, about 20 miles from Athens, when he was pulled over at 1:48 a.m.

“I asked Mr. Washington if he had been drinking and he stated yes but it had been several hours prior,” the arresting Commerce Police Department officer wrote in the incident report. Washington said he had “a couple of shots,” according to the report.

Washington posted a reading of .12 on an alcohol sensor test, according to the report. The legal limit is .08.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department said Washington was booked into jail overnight Sunday and released on a $3,500 bond.

Coach Mark Richt said athletic association policy states that student-athletes will be suspended for at least 20 percent of their competitions following DUI arrests.

“He knows what he did. It was a decision. He feels it,” teammate Reuben Faloughi said. “I don’t think anybody’s trying to point fingers at him because he knows that he made a wrong decision. The pressure’s there, so everybody’s just supporting him and making sure these tough times pass for him. And I think he’s really gonna bounce back.”


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