Carter pleads no contest to charges from wreck
ATHENS, Ga.– Jalen Carter has pleaded no contest Thursday to misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and racing, his attorney, Kim Stephens, informed ESPN.The previous Georgia star protective lineman and leading NFL draft prospect was sentenced to 12 months of probation, a$1,000 fine and 80 hours of community service and will attend a state-approved protective driving course.By resolving the matter, Stephens stated, the state is forever barred from bringing added fees against Carter.”We enjoy that we had the ability to work with the lawyer general’s workplace to reach a resolution that was fair and just based on the proof in this case, “Stephens stated. “Mr. Carter continues to grieve for the loss of his buddies and continues to pray for their families, in addition to for the continued recovery for injured buddies.” Editor’s Picks 1 Related In a declaration to ESPN, Stephens said Carter did not cause an automobile wreck on Jan. 15, in which Georgia football player Devin Willock and hiring staffer Chandler LeCroy were killed. Police alleged that LeCroy was driving an SUV that was racing Carter’s SUV before the wreck. According to police, LeCroy’s SUV was going 104 mph when it left the roadway and hit two power poles and a number of trees. Cops said her blood alcohol concentration was.197, about 2 1/2 times the legal limitation in Georgia.”If the investigation had determined otherwise, Mr. Carter would have been charged with the far more major offenses of car murder and serious injury by vehicle under Georgia law, both felony offenses, and would have dealt with a lengthy prison sentence, “Stephens stated in a statement.Stephens stated Carter never ever left the mishap scene without being informed he could leave. According to Stephens, Carter stopped his cars and truck and ran towards the damaged cars and truck while his traveler called 911. “Even after being notified that he could leave, Mr. Carter returned to the scene at the demand of the Athens-Clarke County Cops Department to respond to additional questions and continued to work together in the investigation,”Stephens said.According to Stephens, Carter had not been consuming alcohol and was not under the influence of alcohol or any prohibited substances.”If there had actually been any suspicion that Mr. Carter had taken in alcohol or used an illegal substance when Athens-Clarke County police officers and investigators spoke to him at the scene, following the mishap, they would have arrested him for DUI,”Stephens wrote.The no-contest plea came one day after Carter exercised in front of scouts and coaches from all 32 NFL groups at
Georgia’s pro day. He didn’t speak with reporters Wednesday after missing his media session at the NFL scouting combine two weeks ago.Once considered a prospective No. 1 choice in next month’s draft, Carter weighed 323 pounds at the professional day– 9 pounds heavier than he was at the combine. He decided to do only position drills– which he didn’t finish– and didn’t participate in other aspects of the exercise, including the 40-yard dash, cone drills and other physical tests.