This is the kind of headline you don't want to read just 8 days before kickoff. Especially if you are Mark Richt. Tailback Washaun Ealey (co-starter with Caleb King) is sitting in jail for hit-and-run of, get this, a parked vehicle. Excuse me while I shake my head in laughter.
University of Georgia tailback Washaun Ealey was arrested early today for hit-and-run of a parked vehicle and driving with a suspended license, according to Clarke County Jail records and UGA Police.
Ealey, 21, was booked into the jail at 5:22 a.m. and remains there in lieu of $3,000 bond. Both charges are misdemeanors.
UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson told the AJC this morning that the arrest came after a vehicle driven by Ealey collided with a parked truck in an East Campus parking deck.
“Parking Services employees witnessed the accident, made contact with the driver and advised him to wait because police had been called,” Williamson said. “The driver advised he could not wait and left the scene” after parking the car.
Williamson said that after officers arrived and ran the tag number on the 2004 Impala, officers went to the dorm room of the vehicle’s registered owner. The owner, whom Williamson would not name, said he hadn’t been driving the car but that his roommate — Ealey — had. Ealey was then interviewed by police.
“He admitted to driving the vehicle, admitted to being involved in an accident,” Williamson said.
I wonder if Ealey had even told his bunk mate about the accident at that point. College kids will do stupid shit but you have to think to yourself "what the hell Ealey was thinking about when he drove away knowing people had witnessed the accident?" Hopefully he can show the same ability to hit a gap and run away from defenders this fall. If anything Ealey has earned a new nickname: "The Impala."
My guess is Richt will give "The Impala" a one or two game suspension. Probably one since South Carolina looms in week 2.