Huskies star remains under investigation

todd.dybas@thenewstribune.comMarch 12, 2013 

University of Washington star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins remained under investigation as of Monday following a one-car accident Saturday night that led Seattle police to cite him for drunken driving.

A Seattle city attorney’s office spokesperson said it had not received the case as of Monday and had not filed charges against Seferian-Jenkins.

According to a Seattle Police Dept. report, Seferian-Jenkins was in a one-car accident Saturday night when the vehicle he was driving swerved off the road north of Seattle’s U District. He later refused to submit to a blood test.

“Coach Sarkisian holds our team to high standards on and off the field, and I fell short of those standards this weekend,” Seferian-Jenkins, 20, said in a statement Monday. “I apologize for letting down my family, my team and the entire University of Washington community. I will take full responsibility for my actions and work to use this as a learning experience.”

Seferian-Jenkins was outside the car, which had a “star-shaped fracture” on the windshield, with a bloody nose when police arrived at 22nd Avenue Northeast and Northeast Ravenna Boulevard about 11:30 p.m.

Police found “the car at rest in an open catch basin at the southern end of Ravenna city park after leaving the roadway and driving over a small planted tree and the sidewalk.”

A witness said the vehicle had been traveling at “a high speed.”

The officer called an ambulance and insisted Seferian-Jenkins be taken to Harborview Medical Center.

The officer also said in his report, “I immediately noticed the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, thick-tongued speech, and watery bloodshot eyes, all of which are consistent with someone who has consumed a significant amount of alcohol.”

He told Seferian-Jenkins he was under arrest on suspicion of DUI.

Seferian-Jenkins was transported to Harborview in a neck brace and on a backboard, according to the report, despite saying he did not want to go.

Seferian-Jenkins repeatedly asked to speak to his lawyer, but provided a name that the officer could not locate in the state bar association web site.

At the hospital, Seferian-Jenkins “made it known” he was objecting to medical attention and wanted to speak with his lawyer. He eventually spoke with an on-call public defender, according to the report.

Police say Seferian-Jenkins refused to take a blood test, so the officer obtained a search warrant to get blood. The hospital drew Seferian-Jenkins’ blood and is waiting on the test results.

The officer released Seferian-Jenkins from custody at 3:40 a.m. Sunday and left him in the hospital’s care.

The Saturday night incident prompted a statement Sunday from Washington coach Steve Sarkisian that the school will continue to support Seferian-Jenkins while holding him accountable for his actions by disciplining him in accordance with team and departmental policies.

The 6-foot-6, 270-pound sophomore from Gig Harbor High School holds almost every UW tight end record after catching 69 passes for 852 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

He holds the school tight end records for career receptions (110), receiving yards in a season and a career (1,388), touchdown receptions in a season and touchdown catches in a career (13).

At the start of spring practice last week, he told reporters he wants to become the most complete tight end in the country during his junior season.

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