Officials pleaded with UGA players to stop speeding months before fatal crash

New police bodycam footage released Wednesday reveals that the University of Georgia football player charged with a fatal car crash had been warned by police for driving months earlier. .

What UGA Defensive Tackle Jalen Carter Faces Misdemeanor Reckless driving and racing charges in connection with January 15 accident It killed UGA recruiter Chandler LeCroy and UGA offensive lineman Devin Willock.

Police said LeCroy had been drinking and had a blood alcohol level over twice the legal limit. Investigators also said they had evidence that LeCroy and Carter were racing “at high speed” at the time of the crash.

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New video obtained by ABC News and Channel 2 Action News On Wednesday, Athens-Clark County police officers showed Carter pulled over on Sept. 22, 2022, for driving 89 mph in a 45-mph zone. Carter appeared to be driving the same black 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Truckhawk he was driving on January 15, just before his fatal crash.

In a September video, officers told Carter that he had already pulled over two other UGA players, including one of his teammates, for speeding minutes earlier.

“We need to slow down, dude,” said the officer.

Officers also told Carter that his windows were too dark and violated Georgia law. Officers issued a subpoena to Carter.

“Your break is that you don’t go to jail because it’s going to make a lot of news, right?” said the officer.

“I don’t know if I need to text my teammates or anything. Please slow down,” the officer says in the video. I didn’t really care about the tint violation, but it was reckless.When you’re close to your teammates, tell them to slow down.It’s very easy to slow down.”

Officers provided separate citations and information about Carter’s traffic court date and repeated a plea to slow down once more.

“Slow down, okay? That’s all I ask.”

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Channel 2 Agent Ashley Lincoln I got Carter’s driving record and disassembled the paperwork. Channel 2 Action News 6pm

Records show Carter had previously been cited for speeding, parking in a handicapped zone, and overly tinted windows during the fall semester.

channel 2 action news We have reached out to authorities regarding the driving records of other UGA players mentioned in the body camera video to see if they have received citations as well.

On Wednesday, Carter turned himself in to Athens Clark County police on charges of reckless driving and racing, a misdemeanor.

“Evidence indicated that the two vehicles switched lanes, traveled in the middle turn lane, traveled in opposite lanes, passed other drivers, and traveled at high speed,” police said.

Surveillance footage obtained by channel 2 action news It shows LeCroy’s black Ford Expedition and Carter’s Jeep Cherokee Trackhawk stopped at a red light five minutes before the collision. Video shows both vehicles speeding away.

Athens police say Carter initially lied to police about his whereabouts at the time of the crash.

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Carter isn’t the first UGA player to face reckless driving and racing allegations this year.

On February 23, UGA linebacker Hamon Dumas Johnson was arrested for reckless driving and racing on highways and streets in connection with an incident in Athens on January 10. rice field.

The UGA Track and Field Association has released the following statement regarding the incident:

“We are aware of reports regarding an incident on College Station Road involving a college student-athlete on January 10. The alleged conduct reflects the values ​​of our program and the high standards we have established. As this is an open issue involving students, we are unable to provide additional information at this time and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement.”

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